The level of activity at the Soufriere Hills volcano during the night has continued at about the same relatively high level seen since the evening of Saturday 20 July. It is still dominated by periods of near-continuous small- to moderate-sized rockfalls, mainly from the unstable eastern and northeastern flanks of the lava dome. Some of the more persistent rockfall signals may have been associated with very small pyroclastic flows, most probably in the upper Tar River Valley area, and small ash clouds which would have been blown on the wind towards the west. Several small volcano-tectonic earthquakes, long-period and hybrid events were also recorded.
The visibility was very poor during the early morning, with most of the volcano covered by low cloud and haze.
Dome growth is continuing and therefore the threats posed by the Soufriere Hills Volcano continue at the same or a greater level as over the past several months. The Tar River and Long Ground 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 a minimum.