Montserrat Volcano Observatory

Morning Update
Report for the period 16:00 09 October
to 07:00 10 October 1996

Seismic activity at the volcano has been at a low level overnight, continuing the trend observed since October 1. Only small rockfall signals have been recorded, at a slightly lower rate than yesterday. A large flash flood, probably in Fort Ghaut, was recorded between 04:11 and 04:22 this morning. The level of tremor has been low.

Low cloud has prevented any views of the crater area this morning.

MVO scientists stress that the volcano is still in a highly dangerous state, despite the current low level of activity. We know that the October 1 dome is growing fast, and the rate of lava production is similar to that in July and August. Further pyroclastic flows are likely, and could trigger another explosive eruption with very little warning. We ask everyone to exercise caution while visiting the evacuated zone, and to be aware of the new alert level system and evacuation procedures. The Tar River and Long Ground areas are extremely dangerous, and people entering them face a high risk of death.

The current alert level is Amber.

Montserrat Volcano Observatory