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Montserrat volcano rumbles, governor orders evacuations

Volcanic Alert

AP Release
Wednesday, Jan 10, 2007
The Soufriere Hills Volcano that destroyed this Caribbean island's capital in 1997 shot a cloud of ash more than 8km into the sky, prompting evacuation orders for some homes.
With more volcanic activity likely, Montserrat's British governor ordered the evacuations and said police would enforce the decision.
Monday's blast, accompanied by increased seismic rumbling, released gases and steam from inside a lava dome that has grown rapidly over the last week, said Vicky Hards, director of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory.
"I think it was a warning call ... of what it can do," Hards said.

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January 9, 2007—Smoke signals don't get much more ominous. A volcano on the island of Montserrat discharged a five-mile-high (eight-kilometer-high) cloud of superheated ash and gas yesterday—possibly portending another, disastrous eruption.
"I think it was a warning call … of what it can do," Vicky Hards, director of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, told the Associated Press.
Residents have good reason to fear the Soufriere Hills volcano, given that in 1997 it wiped out the tiny Caribbean island's evacuated capital, Plymouth, killing 19 people and prompting an exodus of about half the island's population of approximately 10,000.
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