The poor visibility today has hampered visual observations. Cloud level was low and only the fumaroles on the eastern flank of the dome above the Tar River valley could be seen. These fumaroles have been active and releasing steam for several weeks now.
The level of seismic activity has again been low although there has been a slight increase in the number of hybrid earthquakes since yesterday. The hybrid earthquakes are mostly small but there have been occasional larger earthquakes. There have also been several large rockfalls. It is unknown exactly where these occurred but over the last few days rockfalls have been seen coming off the new dome above Galways and they have also been produced from the older pre-explosion dome complex material. In the 24 hours up to 4 o'clock this afternoon there were 203 hybrid earthquakes, 13 long period earthquakes and 41 rockfalls.
The new dome is growing fast and further pyroclastic flows are likely in any of the ghauts around the volcano but especially in the White River valley. The growth may switch to a different sector of the volcano at any time.