Hybrid earthquakes have continued to dominate activity on the volcano. The swarm which began at 10:30 pm yesterday morning is still continuing with earthquakes being around the same size and duration as previous swarms. During the night, observers have reported hearing what appears to be near continuos rockfalls from the Salem area. Ash clouds of over 5,000 feet were observed drifting westwards and out to sea. The trend of the increasing length of hybrid swarms observed in the past few days continues and large rockfalls and pyroclastic flows are likely to continue.
In addition to the possibility of more pyroclastic flows which may deposit ash on areas north of where the ash is currently falling because of wind direction, there is also a chance that the volcano will start having explosions again. In these conditions Friths, Old Towne and Salem are not safe places to live.
In the event of an explosion or ashfall residents are reminded that they should not attempt to drive, but should get in and remain indoors under the shelter of a strong roof. Residents should also wear a dust mask if there is ash in the air and make every effort to protect children, the elderly or persons with respiratory problems from the fine ash particles. Everyone is advised to remain alert and keep listening to Radio Montserrat for any new information.