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Soufriére Hills volcano dome satellite image by (c) Google Earth View
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Soufriere Hills volcano
Stratovolcano, lava dome 1050 m / 3300 ft (changing!)
Montserrat, West Indies (UK), 16.72°N / -62.18°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
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Soufriere Hills volcano eruptions:
1995-2011, 2012
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Explosive. Construction of lava domes.
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Soufrière Hills, Montserrat: volcano news & activity updates

Soufrière Hills volcano (Montserrat): satellite images showing destruction, hazard level down to 3

Saturday Feb 27, 2010 16:05 PM |

Satellite images showing actual changes in deposited material, marked by grey areas (Graphic: MVO, images courtesy of NASA)
Satellite images showing actual changes in deposited material, marked by grey areas (Graphic: MVO, images courtesy of NASA)
NSAS and MVO published a comparision of two satellite images taken on 17 Mar 2007 and a recent one from 21 Feb 2010. The dramatic changes to the landscape including the extension of the eastern coastline near the former Bramble airport are spectacular.
Since only low lava emission from the dome has been occurred since the partial dome collapse on 11 Feb, MVO has downgraded the hazard level from 4 to 3 on Monday. This means that more access is again given to some areas like Belham river and Garibaldi.
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Previous news
Monday, Feb 22, 2010
Since the major dome collapse on February 11, very little activity has been observed at the lava dome of Soufrière Hills volcano. [more]
Friday, Feb 12, 2010
A partial dome collapse occurred at Montserrat's Soufrière Hills volcano on Feb 11 at around 1 pm local time. Large pyroclastic flows travelled to the NE and reached the sea. A column of ash rose to at least 12 km. ... [more]
Thursday, Jan 21, 2010
MVO reported that during 8-15 January activity from the Soufrière Hills lava dome increased significantly. One explosion on 8 January and two on 10 January generated ash plumes that rose to altitudes of 5.5-7.6 km (18,000-25,000 ft) a.s.l. Ash fell in occupied areas to the NW, along with lapilli fall on 10 January. The explosions occurred from an area on the NE side of the volcano. Pyroclastic flows from column collapses moved rapidly NE (down Whites Bottom and Tuitts Ghaut), NW (down Tyers Ghaut and Belham Valley), W (down Gages Ghaut), and the SE (down the Tar River Valley). After the explosions activity decreased until 12 January, when cycles of increased numbers of rockfalls, pyroclastic flows, and ash venting were noted. ... [more]
Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009
On 20-27 there was a low activty reported from the lava dome and only some pyroclastic flows were reported. [more]
Thursday, Jan 15, 2009
It was reported that during 2-3 January activity from the Soufrière Hills lava dome increased drastically. On 2 January, a pyroclastic flow traveled down to Tyers Ghaut (NW) and to to the upper part of Belham River. On 3 January two explosions produced ash plumes to high altitudes and ashfall affected most of the island The strong explosions reached to at least 500 m above the dome. In-column collapses resulted in pyroclastic flows. The level of activity decreased dramatically after the second explosion. [more]
 

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