Seismic activity at the Soufriere Hills volcano during the night has been at a slightly lower level to that observed during the day time. Small- to moderate-sized rockfall signals continue to be recorded but the frequency and magnitude of these signals have decreased slightly during the night. A few small hybrid eventswere recorded on the Chances Peak station early this morning. The level of moderate to low amplitude broadband tremor which was slightly lower overnight increased again at around 06:30 this morning. This was accompanied by a period of near-continuous rockfall signal which is continuing at present. One small volcano-tectonic earthquake was located at a depth of less than one km beneath the South Soufriere Hills. A regional event of magnitude greater than 4 was recorded by the seismograph network at 00:51 this morning.
Visibility during the early morning from the Observatory and Bramble Airport was very poor with low cloud cover and intermittent rainfall obscuring the volcano.
The present level of activity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano continues to cause concern to the scientists. The MVO continues to urge that visits to the evacuated zone be kept to a minimum. The Tar River, Long Ground and Whites areas are extremely dangerous, and should not be entered under any circumstances.