Montserrat Volcano Observatory

Morning Update
0700H 08 June, 1996

Volcanic activity at the Soufriere Hill Volcano has continued at a similar level to yesterday. Rockfall signals of small to moderate size have been recorded on seismic stations closest to the volcano. The largest rockfall signal was recorded at 16:23 on 7 June; very poor visibility prevented observation of any ash cloud that may have been associated with this event. Five additional rockfall events of moderate size occurred overnight; a slight change in style from more smaller events to fewer larger events has occurred in the past 24 hours.

Intermittent periods of very low-amplitude broadband tremor have been recorded throughout the night. This tremor is probably related to steaming from the volcano and is only recorded on the Gages and Chances Peak seismic stations.

The summit of the volcano remains covered this morning by very low cloud and no views into the crater area have been possible.

Scientists at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory continue to view the situation at the Soufriere Hills Volcano with grave concern. Visits to the evacuated zone should be kept to a minimum. The Tar River, Long Ground and Whites areas are extremely dangerous due to the frequent occurrence of pyroclastic flows in the Tar River valley. People should not enter these areas under any circumstances. If they do, they put themselves at direct risk of serious injury or death.

Montserrat Volcano Observatory