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Volcanic eruption on the island of Montserrat

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Type of Event:
Volcanic eruption
Location of Event:
Montserrat
Date of Charter Activation:
29/07/2008
Charter Requestor:
Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO)
Project Management:
British Geological Survey

Description of the event

Seismic activity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano started to increase on 26 July. A partial dome collapse took place on the west side of the volcano. Pyroclastic flows affected the capital city of Plymouth (which was evacuated for several years). Instability of the rest of the dome may cause further collapses which have the potential to impact on inhabited areas.

Flow material from the 29 July explosion of the Soufrière Hills lava dome (west and east)

Source: SPOT 5 panchromatic (2.5m), TerraSAR-X (2m)
Acquired: Pre-event 09/10/2007 (TerraSAR-X); post-event 14/08/2008 (SPOT), 02/08/2008 (TerraSAR-X)

Copyright: CNES 2008, Y Legendre, J-C Komorowski, Monterrat Volcano Observatory, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris

Close up view to the west of the Soufrière Hills volcano dome

Source: TerraSAR-X (2m)
Acquired: Pre-event 09/10/2007; post-event 02/08/2008

Copyright: DLR 2008, Interpretation G. Wadge, University of Reading, UK

Close up view to the east of the Soufrière Hills volcano dome

Source: TerraSAR-X (2m)
Acquired: Pre-event 09/10/2007; post-event 02/08/2008

Copyright: DLR 2008, Interpretation G. Wadge, University of Reading, UK

Change difference image (west-looking) of Southern Montserrat highlighting the changes to the Soufrière Hills volcano following the 29 July eruption

Source: TerraSAR-X (2m)
Acquired: Pre-event 09/10/2007; post-event 02/08/2008

Copyright: DLR 2008, Interpretation G. Wadge, University of Reading, UK

Change difference image (east-looking) of Southern Montserrat highlighting the changes to the Soufrière Hills volcano following the 29 July eruption

Source: TerraSAR-X (2m)
Acquired: Pre-event 09/10/2007; post-event 02/08/2008

Copyright: DLR 2008, Interpretation G. Wadge, University of Reading, UK