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Explosion and pyroclastic flow at Soufrière Hills 3 December 2008

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Soufrière Hills volcano on Montserrat took everyone by surprise yesterday with an explosion on the western side of the lava dome which projected incandescent blocks up to 1km from the lava dome, and a pyroclastic flow which descended the western flank of the volcano and ran through the former capital, Plymouth, into the sea. Ash columns of unknown height were generated by these events but the ash was blown to the west and did not fall in inhabited areas of the island. The explosion, which occurred at approximately 21:35 on 2 December (02:35 on 3 December UTC) occurred without precursory seismicity.

Full details can be found on the ‘activity this week’ page of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory’s aesthetically dreadful but very informative website.

Montserrat volcano erupts, fires in former capital – Associated Press, 3 December 2008

Global Volcanism Program: Soufrière Hills – information about Soufrière Hills volcano (1600-05=)
Montserrat Volcano Observatory – detailed and up-to-date information from the MVO

The Volcanism Blog



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