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Pyroclastic flow

A Pyroclastic flow “boils” into the upper reaches of Tyres Ghaut, on the northwestern side of the Soufriere Hills Volcano. Picture taken at 11:24 (local time) 3 January.courtesy of Greg Scott of Caribbean Helicopters. 2007,

Ongoing pyroclastic activity has been observed on the NW sector of the volcano with pyroclastic flows in Tyres Ghaut and Gages Valley. Run out distances in Tyres Ghaut have, however, shown signs of increasing, possibly exceeding the previous maximum estimate of 1500 m.

Low level gas and ash venting from a vent on the western side of the dome is ongoing. Fortunately the prevailing wind direction remains E-W and the occupied areas of Montserrat have been largely unaffected here have been no major changes in activity levels during the last 48 hours

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