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18 Sep 2017 description

The First Secretary of State, Damian Green, chaired a COBR meeting this afternoon to discuss the Government’s response to Hurricane Irma and preparations for Hurricane Maria.

We remain concerned that Hurricane Maria, which is strengthening as it approaches the Leeward Islands, could hit the UK’s Overseas Territories in the Caribbean already affected as well as Montserrat.

FCO, DFID and military teams are working closely with the Governors in the Overseas Territories to ensure we are doing all we can to support the Governments of the islands affected.

30 Jun 2010 description
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23 Feb 2010 description

The National Disaster Preparedness and Advisory Committee (NDPRAC) has taken a decision to reduce the volcanic alert level from level 4 to level 3 paving the way for the immediate reoccupation of Zone B.

Zone B includes Isles Bay, Waterworks, Parts of Old Towne and lower Happy Hill.

The decision was taken at an NDPRAC meeting on Tuesday February 23, 2010 at which the Director of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) revealed that the partial dome collapse on February 11, 2010 had significantly reduced the hazard and risk to Zone B.

Although the decision to allow reoccupance of …

12 Jan 2010 description

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Increased activities at the Soufriere Hills volcano in Montserrat since mid December 2009 have caused the Hazard Level to rise to Level Four (4). This is the second highest level and covers over two-thirds of the island (see Fig. 1).

24 Jul 2007 description

By Emergency Policy Group

Brades, Montserrat, July 20, 2007 (Emergency Policy Group) - The Emergency Policy Group (EPG) met this morning to consider the interim assessment of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) on the hazards and risks associated with the Soufriere Hills Volcano. The report was issued on 19 July 2007.

The EPG accepted the findings of the SAC that risks have reduced following a period of little activity at the surface of the volcano and agreed that residents from the February 15, 2007 evacuation can return to their homes full time from tomorrow, Saturday 21 …

06 Jul 2007 description
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18 May 2007 description

Visual observations revealed very little change to the dome structure during the period, and lava extrusion appears to have ceased. Nevertheless, whilst the dome may not be actively growing, it remains as a large mass of partially molten lava capable of collapsing or exploding. The amount of material above Tyres Ghaut to the NW is sufficient to generate pyroclastic flows and surges capable of impacting on the lower Belham Valley and lower lying areas up o lower Happy Hill and the Old Towne ridge.

Recorded seismic activity remained very low throughout the period.

12 May 2007 description

Visual observations revealed very little change to the overall dome structure during the period, and lava extrusion appears to have ceased. Nevertheless, the amount of material here is sufficient to generate pyroclastic flows and surges capable of impacting on the lower Belham Valley and lower lying areas up to lower Happy Hill and the Old Towne ridge.

Recorded seismic activity remained very low throughout the period.

04 May 2007 description

Visual observations revealed very little change to the overall dome structure during the period, although fresh deposits are present in the head of Tyres Ghaut, the upper parts of Farrell's Plain and the Tuitt's Ghaut and the upper parts of the Tar River. Pyroclastic activity has been ongoing on the east and northeastern sides of the dome, and flows have been observed in the Tar River Valley and on Farrell's plain running out into Tuitt's Ghaut.

27 Apr 2007 description

Report for the period midday 20 April to 27 April 2007 Visual observations revealed very little change to the overall dome structure during the period, although fresh deposits can be are present in the head of Tyres Ghaut and in the upper part of the Tar River. As the dome stands, a significant proportion of the dome material remains in the sector above Tyres Ghaut to the northwest. The amount of material here is sufficient to generate pyroclastic flows and surges capable of impacting on the lower Belham Valley.

Recorded seismic activity has remained very low throughout the period.

20 Apr 2007 description

Visual observations confirm dome growth to be ongoing, but at a much reduced rate. Material continues to be added to the eastern shear lobe, and continually shed from the crumbling front face down into the Tar River Valley. Heavy rain overnight between 16 and 17 April resulted in lahars [mudflow activity] in the drainages around the volcano at 20:00-20:30 and again at 07:00-08:00 ECT. As the dome stands, a significant proportion of the dome material remains in the sector above Tyres Ghaut to the northwest.

13 Apr 2007 description

Visual observations have confirmed dome growth to be ongoing, but at a much reduced rate in comparison with earlier in the year. Material is still being added to the eastern shear lobe, and continually shed from its advancing front face down into the Tar River Valley.

07 Apr 2007 description

Visual observations suggest that the growth of the lava dome has reduced or even paused during the period. Clear views have allowed detailed observations of dome structure and the dome currently comprises a fairly symmetrical mass with two wide-based shear lobes, the most recently active one to the east and an older one to the southwest. These have smooth backs with some striations and rough, blocky faces. Pyroclastic activity has been limited to intermittent small flows in the Tar River Valley and material falls away from the pro-grading face of the eastern shear lobe.

31 Mar 2007 description

Visual observations suggest that the growth of the lava dome has reduced or even paused during the period. Pyroclastic activity has been limited to intermittent small flows in the Tar River Valley. Fumarolic activity has been evident especially around the region of the collapse scar left by the 8 January partial collapse event, and overnight on 28-29 March, venting became audible as a low roaring sound. Otherwise there has been little sign of activity on the volcano. As the dome stands, a significant proportion of the dome material remains in the sector above Tyres Ghaut to the NW.

24 Mar 2007 description

By Government Information Unit, Montserrat

Brades, Montserrat, March 23, 2007 (GIU) - The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) briefed the Volcano Executive Group (VEG) Thursday 22nd March 2007 on their latest findings.

The VEG considered this advice carefully and decided that no extension of the boundaries of the "unsafe" area is required for the time being.

However, the VEG did not rule out the possibility of doing so in the future and agreed that the ever changing situation of the Soufriere Hills volcano requires that the civil authorities keep the situation under …

24 Mar 2007 description

Visual observations suggest that growth has continued at reduced rates, focused on the north-east of the lava dome. Pyroclastic activity during the period affected a sector from the ENE to the NW, with flows continuing intermittently in the Tar River Valley (predominantly affecting the northern margins), a single flow was also observed at the top of Farrell's Plain, and small flows (<500 m run out) occurring in Tyres Ghaut. Activity appears to have reduced during the period and recent flows have been less energetic.

24 Mar 2007 description

By Government Information Unit, Montserrat

Brades, Montserrat, March 23, 2007 (GIU) - The Government of Montserrat says it is speaking to the Department for International Development to provide volcano emergency funding in several areas.

The move comes after the Government was advised by the Scientific Advisory Committee of the increased probability of pyroclastic flows down the Belham Valley to the sea, which has made necessary the evacuation of 90 homes in Old Town and Lower Happy Hill.

The Government says it will be asking DFID for approval of an evacuation allowance of up to a …

17 Mar 2007 description

Visual observations suggest that dome growth has continued, focused on the north-eastern sector. Pyroclastic flows continued intermittently in the Tar River Valley, predominantly affecting the northern side. Many of these were quite energetic (although none were observed to reach the sea) and produced large ash clouds. These appeared to originate from material collapsing off a large blocky spine (first observed on 6 March) leaning steeply north-eastwards from the propagating edge of the eastern lobe.