Montserrat Volcano Observatory

Daily Report
Report for the period 6pm 14 May
to 6pm 15 May 1998

The level of volcanic activity has remained very low.

Between 4 pm yesterday and 4 pm today, there were 5 volcano-tectonic earthquakes and 2 rockfall events recorded by the seismograph networks.

Dust levels were low today, although the levels were slightly higher than over the previous few days. This is probably a result of the dry weather recently. A sulphur dioxide haze was once again observed to be blowing over Gages Mountain, Chances Peak and Galways wall, and there was increased fumarolic activity on the northern flanks of the dome above Tuitts Ghaut.

A GPS occupation was started this evening at Harris Lookout, Whites Yard, Spring Estate and South Soufriere Hills. This will be the first time that the new permanent site at Spring Estate has been measured and will in future provide information on the deformation of the south-west flanks of the volcano.

Residents are reminded that the volcano remains in a potentially active state, and that they should continue listening to Radio Montserrat in case the present quiet situation at the volcano changes suddenly.

Montserrat Volcano Observatory