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Small explosions at Soufriere Hills

Rocky Planet iconRocky PlanetBy Erik KlemettiJul 22, 2008 5:18 AM

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There were a number of small explosive events at Soufriere Hills in Montserrat in the past few days. Small ash columns of ~5,000 feet were produced, likely caused by some degassing or interaction with water of the andesite dome at the top of the volcano. The director of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory says there is little concern for heightened activity. The volcano has been erupting off-and-on since 1995 and these eruptions are just part of the ebb-and-flow of this period of activity.

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