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Soufrière Hills ashfall causes problems 21 December 2009

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Soufrière Hills volcano on the Caribbean island of Montserrat has been vigorously active recently, with the growing lava dome producing collapses, explosions, pyroclastic flows and considerable ash emissions.

Since 19 December south-easterly winds have caused ashfall in the inhabited north-west of the island. On 20 December the Montserrat Volcano Observatory reported ‘heavy ashfall in many inhabited areas of northwestern Montserrat on Saturday 19 December’ and forecast that ashfall would continue through Sunday and until at least the early hours of Monday.

According to reports on the Caribbean Hurricane Network, ash from Soufrière Hills reached islands north-west of Montserrat including St Maarten, Saba and Nevis. Caribbean airline LIAT has issued a warning that air travel between St Kitts, Nevis, St Maarten, Anguilla and Guadeloupe may be affected by Soufrière Hills ashfall.

[Thanks go to Barb Beier.]

For all our Soufrière Hills coverage: Soufrière Hills « The Volcanism Blog.

Global Volcanism Program: Soufrière Hills – information about Soufrière Hills volcano (1600-05=)
Montserrat Volcano Observatory – comprehensive news and information from the MVO

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