Montserrat Volcano Observatory

Morning Report
Report for the period 4 pm 27 August
to 7 am 28 August 1997

Activity at the volcano continues at a reduced level. Only small rockfall signals and a few small hybrid and VT earthquakes were detected by the seismic systems overnight.

The summit of the volcano is shrouded in cloud this morning. Some incandescence was observed from the observatory last night.

Explosions may take place with little or no warning and may be more intense and longer lasting than those which occurred earlier this month. If an explosion does occur, small rocks and ash can be expected to fall everywhere on the island. People should seek shelter under a strong roof and wear a helmet or other head protection. Ash and falling rocks make driving hazardous. Ash will be present in the atmosphere and masks should be worn outdoors.

Pyroclastic flows are expected on all flanks of the volcano, and it is never safe to enter the exclusion zone, including the Belham river valley. Access to the exclusion zone is completely restricted. Access to areas south of the Nantes River is allowed during the day, but only for essential visits. Everyone should remain vigilant and listen to Radio Montserrat.

Montserrat Volcano Observatory