The overnight activity at the Soufriere Hill Volcano was consistent with the low level recorded yesterday. Several small and a few moderately sized rockfall signals were recorded mainly by the seismic stations closest to the volcano. A few small long period and hybrid earthquakes also were recorded. Venting activity as indicated by broadband tremor occurred at a low level with the occasional slight increase in intensity.
Low cloud cover continued to blanket the summit area and upper flanks of the volcano. No views of the crater area nor the upper area of the ghauts have been possible.
Despite this low level of activity, the Soufriere Hills volcano remains potentially lethal to people and property on both the eastern and upper western flanks . The lava dome is still unstable and it continues to grow. Under these conditions it will continue to disintegrate in sections producing deadly ash flows. These flows are easily channelled down the ghauts that lead into English's Crater. The Tar River, Long Ground and Whites areas to the east and upper Fort Ghaut, Gages Village and Upper Amersham areas to the west are all now extremely dangerous. The road between Lee's Estate and Ryners Village remains closed. People should not enter these areas under any circumstances. If they do, they put themselves and others at direct risk of very serious injury or horrible death. Visits to the other evacuated zones should be kept to an absolute minimum.