Montserrat Volcano Observatory

Morning Update
0700H 02 July, 1996

Activity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano continues at roughly the same level as the last few days.

The seismicity since 16:00 on 1 July has been dominated by small- to moderate- sized rockfall signals. There was a period of broadband tremor from about 17:00 to 20:40 on 1 July. The tremor was intermittent at first, but was almost continuous from 18:00 onwards. Only a few long-period and hybrid events were recorded.

Visibility was poor this morning, with the volcano obscured by clouds.

Observations over the last two days show that the dome continues to grow, despite the relatively low level of seismic activity. The threats posed by the Soufriere Hills Volcano are therefore unchanged. The Tar River, Long Ground and Whites areas to the east and the upper Fort Ghaut, Gages Village and Upper Amersham areas to the west are still extremely hazardous. People should not enter these areas under any circumstances because they put themselves and others at direct risk of very serious injury or death. People are urged to keep visits to the evacuated zone to an absolute minimum.

Montserrat Volcano Observatory