Montserrat Volcano Observatory

Morning Report
Report for the period 4 pm 19 June
to 7 am 20 June 1997
The current alert level is ORANGE

The level of volcanic activity remained low yesterday afternoon but began to increase at about 8.30pm last night. Regular rockfalls and small pyroclastic flows occurred overnight but no observations were made due to low cloud. The level of activity began to decrease at about 4.30am this morning and is now at a low level again.

The cloud level is still very low and so no observations have been made this morning.

Further pyroclastic flows and surges could travel into Gages valley, Mosquito Ghaut, Tuitt's Ghaut or the Tar River valley at any time. The authorities and MVO advise that access to Plymouth is restricted for the time being. Zones A and B, which include Tuitt's, Bramble, Bethel, Spanish Point, Farms, Harris and Trants, are extremely dangerous and nobody should go into this area at all.

Bramble Airport remains operational, but the public are reminded that it is open only for essential travel purposes.

Montserrat Volcano Observatory