Montserrat Volcano Observatory

Morning Report
Report for the period 16:00 20 November
to 07:00 21 November 1996
The current alert level is AMBER

The level of activity at the volcano has increased slightly overnight. Between 02:10 and 03:00 this morning a series of rockfall signals were recorded by the seismic network. These were most likely from the October 1 dome, and were the longest series of rockfalls recorded from this dome since it began growing. However, the rockfalls were much smaller than those seen during dome growth before 17 September, and probably did not generate much ash. The volcano-tectonic swarm recorded during the last two days has now ended, with there being only two VT earthquakes overnight These were located at shallow depth beneath the crater. There were also two small long-period earthquakes.

The eastern side of the volcano is cloudy this morning, and no views of the crater have been possible so far. A steam plume is visible from the west, and is rising almost vertically.

MVO Tremors won their first National League match yesterday, beating the Police team 3-2 with goals by Pops Morris and Andrew Sparks. Captain Leroy Luke was pleased with the team's performance.

The volcano remains in a dangerous state and we ask that people to remain prepared and vigilant. Larger rockfalls are possible in the next few days, and may generate some ash. Tar River and Long Ground are particularly dangerous, and people entering these areas risk death.

Montserrat Volcano Observatory