The seismic activity at the volcano has decreased since last night, with the waning of the volcano-tectonic earthquake swarm which started on 3 November. Volcano-tectonic earthquakes are still occurring, but at a rate of only a few per hour. A regional earthquake, of about magnitude 4, was recorded by the seismic networks at 22:02 last night. The location of this event is not yet known.
The volcano is once again shrouded in cloud this morning, and so no views of the crater have been possible.
The scientific team at MVO remain highly concerned about the current level of seismic activity at the volcano. However, the scientists cannot be sure that the earthquakes will lead to potentially dangerous volcanic activity in the near future. We advise that the alert level will not be decreased at least for another few days. The volcano is still in a very dangerous state and all residents should follow the recommendations laid out in the alert procedures, and listen to Radio Montserrat.