Activity at the Soufriere Hills volcano has continued at a somewhat higher level than over the past few days. Over a dozen volcano-tectonic earthquakes occurred overnight, accompanied by a number of small hybrid events and some very small rockfalls. The VT earthquakes continue to be transitional in nature and at this stage are relatively small in size so cannot be felt. Some low-amplitude broadband tremor was recorded on the Gages seismometer during the night.
Low cloud cover over the summit of the volcano has prevented any clear views during the early morning.
MVO scientist expect that rockfalls will continue to occur during the next few days as the dome stabilises. All indications are that the continued relative quiescence of the volcano is unlikely to last very long, and visitors to the unsafe zone are reminded to carry a transistor radio and have a rapid means of evacuation should the situation at the volcano change suddenly. Dust masks should be worn at all times in ashy environments, which may persist for some time as ash dries out and blows around. Drivers should exercise caution and consideration for other road users, especially when driving through areas still affected by ash or gravel.