Montserrat Volcano Observatory

Morning Update
0700H 03 July, 1996

Activity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano overnight was at the same or slightly lower level than yesterday. Dome growth continues, accompanied by rockfalls.

The seismic records since 16:00 on 2 July have been dominated by small- to moderate- sized rockfall signals. The largest signals were at 21:07 on 2 July and at 02:41 and 05:37 this morning; no major ash production was noted for any of these events. There was a period of broadband tremor from about 19:00 to 22:00 on 2 July recorded on the Gages station. Only a few long-period and hybrid events were recorded.

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

The threats posed by the Soufriere Hills Volcano continue at the same severity as over the past several months. 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.

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