Montserrat Volcano Observatory

Morning Update
Report for the period 16:00 24 August
to 07:00 25 August 1996

Small- to moderate-sized rockfalls, which continue to be the dominant characteristic of the current activity at the Soufriere Hills volcano, occurred during this update period at a similar rate to that observed during the past two days. The largest of these were most probably associated with small ash clouds. Intermittent low-amplitude broadband tremor was recorded at the stations closest to the Crater and is probably indicative of increased steam emission from the Crater.

Visibility during the early morning from Bramble Airport was good. Steam emission was occurring from several areas of the dome . Small rockfalls were also seen from the eastern flanks of the dome.

Extreme care should be exercised when driving in areas affected by recent ashfalls. Please do not forget to wear dust masks.

The Tar River Valley and surrounding areas are extremely hazardous and should not be entered under any circumstances.

Montserrat Volcano Observatory