Vulcanian eruption at Soufrière Hills 8 February 2010Posted by admin in activity reports, Caribbean, eruptions, Soufrière Hills.
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Soufrière Hills continues to produce a great deal of activity. The Montserrat Volcano Observatory reports that a significant vulcanian eruption occurred at Soufrière Hills volcano on Montserrat on Friday 5 February 2010. The event began at 13:49 local time and last about 7 minutes, sending pyroclastic flows down the volcano’s flanks to the west that swept across the site of the former capital of Plymouth and reached some 500 m out to sea. The resulting plume is reported to have reached an altitude of around 6,700 metres (21,000 feet). This was clearly a spectacular event, but fortunately not too disruptive as the easterly winds ensured that ashfall was limited to uninhabited areas.
UPDATE 9 February 2010. According to Dominica News Online, the pyroclastic flow reached 500 miles out to sea. Now that really would be something. The MVO is pretty clear, though: it was a mere 500 metres. [H/T: Erik Klemetti at Eruptions.]
For all our Soufrière Hills coverage: Soufrière Hills « The Volcanism Blog.
No inhabited areas affected in Montserrat after volcano explosion – Caribbean Net News, 8 February 2010