Posted by: Rowland | January 3, 2009

More volcanic activity

Quite a wild night here and at 5 a.m. Gordon called to draw our attention to the lightning storm around the peak – it reminded me of the vivid dream I had perhaps 10 years ago and at the time I never realised that lightning was associated with volcanic eruptions. Now I have seen it. And everywhere is covered with light grey ash: it’s in the air; you can feel it on your head and the radio is encouraging people to wear their face masks. (I wonder if there are any spare ones around?) The partial evacuation of an area at night-time ordered yesterday in view of the increased activity will be reviewed again with daylight, in case the area should still remain closed. And Montserratians have to live with these conditions…

The winds are still high and very blustery. It will be better when daylight comes. But the period of relative tranquility seems to have ended.

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