Montserrat volcano making noise again

Residents at the base of Montserrat's Soufriere Hills Volcano in the southern half of the island were evacuated Jan. 3 as a lava dome threatened to crumble and send gas and debris down the slopes, according to Associated Press reports.

Scientists at the nearby Montserrat Volcano Observatory warned that some pyroclastic flows already had been seen and could escalate. Residents and visitors are asked to tune into ZJB Radio or monitor the MVO Web site at www.mvo.ms for up-to-date information on the volcano.

The volcano came to life in 1995 and erupted in 1997, burying much of the southern portion of the island, including the capital of Plymouth.

Southern Montserrat is now an exclusion zone where residences and businesses are not permitted; the island's 5,000 permanent residents live in the northern half.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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