Montserrat Volcano Observatory

Daily Report
Report for the period 6 p.m. 29 May
to 6 p.m. 30 May 1998

Volcanic activity has been at a low level over the past 24 hours. Between 4 p.m. yesterday and 4 p.m. today 16 volcano-tectonic earthquakes, 2 hybrid earthquakes and 4 rockfalls were recorded on the local seismic network. One of the rockfall events was preceded by a long period signal, and resulted in a small deposit in the Tar River. Most of the volcano-tectonic earthquakes occurred in a swarm between 8 p.m. yesterday evening and 3 a.m. this morning. 4 small regional earthquakes were also recorded on the seismic network.

Dust levels were low at all sites today.

A visit was made to Kinsale and Fairfield today to inspect the damage caused by the Boxing Day event. This showed that many of the buildings south of Aymer's Ghaut are burnt or have been blasted by the ash-cloud surge; this re-iterates that this event was extremely powerful. It is hoped that more work will be done to investigate the amount and type of damage to these areas.

Residents are reminded that the volcano remains in a potentially active state, and that they should continue listening to Radio Montserrat in case there are sudden changes.

Montserrat Volcano Observatory