Montserrat Volcano Observatory

Morning Update
Report for the period 16:00 28 August
to 07:00 29 August 1996

The level of activity at the Soufriere Hills volcano during the night was about the same as that observed during the preceding reporting period. It was dominated by small- to moderate-sized rockfalls from the flanks of the lava dome. Most of the rockfalls occurred during the period between 20:30 on 28 August and 01:30 this morning. Several small hybrid and long-period earthquakes were also recorded.

Visibility during the early morning was poor, with the volcano shrouded in clouds.

Extreme care should be exercised when driving in areas affected by recent ashfalls. Please do not forget to wear dust masks. Further rockfalls and pyroclastic flows will occur but all indications at the moment are that the pyroclastic flows will be confined to the Tar River Valley area. However, areas affected by associated ashfalls will obviously depend on the direction and strength of the wind at the time.

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

Montserrat Volcano Observatory