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20 Apr 2018 description

The Montserrat Customs and Revenue Service (MCRS) is reminding residents, home and building owners that the “HURRICANE RISK REDUCTION RESILIENCE PROMOTIONAL DRIVE” introduced by the Government of Montserrat through the Customs Duties and Consumption Tax (Disaster Preparedness) (Exemption) Order on November 27, 2017, will end on May 31, 2018.

To benefit from the programme items must arrive and be cleared before May 31.

The programme allows persons to benefit from exemption on the customs duties and consumption tax on the importation of a number items. These include:

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 …

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 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 …

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.

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.

10 Mar 2007 description

Visual observations showed rockfall and pyroclastic activity during the period to have been concentrated on the eastern and north-eastern flanks of the dome, with pyroclastic flows confined to the Tar River Valley. During the afternoon of 7 March pyroclastic activity intensified, and the accompanying ash cloud reached an estimated 8,000 ft, and moving out to the west. Individual flows have had run out distances up to 2 km although they appeared to be relatively low energy and slow moving.

09 Mar 2007 description

By Government Information Unit, Montserrat

Brades, Montserrat, March 9, 2007 (Government Information Unit) - This statement follows on from that made by the Governor on 6 March, when she said that the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) had produced a report about the risks to the community from the Soufriere Hills volcano.

The Governor was grateful for the opportunity to meet with the Emergency Policy Group (EPG) on 5 March, and the Volcano Executive Group (VEG) on 8 March to hear their views on the latest developments.

The MVO have been updating the community on a daily basis.

07 Mar 2007 description

Last week an episode of long-period earthquakes was finishing at the time the report was written. Such episodes have often corresponded to changes in growth direction on the dome. Although a lobe has since been observed growing towards the southwest above Gages, the dome continues to glow at night on the eastern side and pyroclastic flow activity continues to be concentrated on the eastern side with flows going into the Tar River Valley.

23 Feb 2007 description

For much of this week the dome has been glowing brightly at night on the eastern and northern sides and small pyroclastic flows have been observed in the Tar River Valley, Gages and Tyres Ghaut. This suggests that growth was occurring near the top of the dome. At around midnight on Wednesday an episode of long-period earthquakes started which seems to be ending at the time of writing, midday Friday. Venting has been heard from Salem on and off since Wednesday night and this morning the dome cleared allowing us to see that the vent above Gages, which opened at Christmas, is active.

17 Feb 2007 description

Seismicity was slightly elevated last week compared to previous weeks. 370 rockfall signals, 65 long-period rockfall signals, 127 long-period earthquakes, and 3 volcano-tectonic earthquakes were recorded by the seismic network.

Over the week pyroclastic flows were seen in Tar River Valley, Tuits Ghaut, Farrells Plain, Tyres Ghaut and to the south of the volcano. On Tuesday night the dome was glowing brightly on the Eastern and Northern sides.

The LIDAR data from last week has been used to calculate a more accurate dome volume than has been possible for many months.

10 Feb 2007 description

Seismicity has remained low for the last week, although there were more rockfalls than in previous weeks. 108 rockfall signals, 50 long-period rockfall signals, 69 long-period earthquakes, and 3 volcano-tectonic earthquakes were recorded by the seismic network.

On Thursday afternoon 3 pyroclastic flows down the Tar River Valley were seen. At least one of these flows started with a small collapses to the southwest or south with the resulting flow channelled to the east by the southern crater wall. On Friday morning there was a small flow to the northwest down Tyres Ghaut.