The level of volcanic activity has been low overnight. Seismic signals have been due to four small to moderate sized rockfall events from the dome, and seven volcano-tectonic earthquakes.
Yesterday evening and night there was a strong smell of sulphur over much of the island. This was caused by the very light winds from the south carrying gases off from the dome in an unusual direction. The dome has been giving off gas and steam continuously since it grew in late December through February, but these gases are usually carried out to sea to the west by normal wind conditions. This morning, the wind direction is from the southeast and so sulphur smells in the north are not expected.
While this experience is not a cause for alarm, the volcanic degassing and the continuing seismic activity should serve to remind Montserratians that the volcano remains in an active state. Residents should continue listening to Radio Montserrat in case the present quiet situation at the volcano changes suddenly.