Montserrat Volcano Observatory

Morning Update
Report for the period 16:00 12 October
to 07:00 13 October 1996

Activity at the volcano has been quiet overnight, with a few rockfall signals being the main recorded. There was one period of increased tremor between 23:50 to 00:35 last night. This tremor occurred at about the time of increased rainfall overnight and is thought to be due to increased steaming at the volcano.

Low cloud has prevented any views of the crater area this morning, although the generally clearer conditions may make some observations possible later.

MVO scientists stress that the volcano is still in a highly dangerous state, despite the current low level of seismic activity. The October 1 dome continues to grow at a rate which is similar to that immediately prior to the 17-18 September explosion. Further pyroclastic flows are likely, and could trigger another explosive eruption with very little warning. The Tar River and Long Ground areas are extremely dangerous, and people entering them face a high risk of death.

All residents of Montserrat are urged to exercise caution while visiting the evacuated zone and to become familiar with the new alert system and evacuation procedures.

Montserrat Volcano Observatory