Soufriére Hills, Montserrat, West Indies

MVO reported no evidence of lava-dome growth at Soufrière Hills during 11-18 July. Seismic activity remained low. The E talus slope continued to erode, producing minor rockfalls that descended into the Tar River Valley. Following a small swarm of volcano-tectonic earthquakes on 20 July, four eruptive events each produced ash plumes that rose to altitudes of 2 km (6,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted W. The first two events generated plumes above the Tar River Valley possibly from small pyroclastic flows. Ashfall was reported in Old Towne. Rumbling noises were heard in nearby areas and lightning strikes were observed. The Alert Level remained elevated at 4 (on a scale of 0-5).

Source: Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) – “Reports provided courtesy of the Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Program and the US Geological Survey’s Volcano Hazards Program.”

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