Archive - Soufriere Hills Volcano

May 24, 2020

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Each Sunday we present a notable item from our archives. This EPOD was originally published May 23, 2003.

Provided and copyright by: Richard Anderson
Summary authors & editor: Richard Anderson

This panorama, looking south from the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, shows the Soufrière Hills volcano on the left and Plymouth, the former capital of Montserrat, on the right. Montserrat is located in the Leeward Islands, about 300 miles (480 km) southeast of Puerto Rico. The volcano is still active since its last major eruption in 1995, and pyroclastic flows occur regularly, some of which are quite large. A small flow may be seen on the slope of the volcano. On clear nights, the hot rocks in these flows produce a red glow. Plymouth is lifeless now because it's covered with ash in rock; a new capital is being built near Soldier Ghaut Bay.

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