Few things about Montserrat
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May 19th, 2010 – by: bernard69
After laying dormant since prehistoric times,the volcano began erupting in 1995 and much of the tiny island(101 sqkm in size) has been devastated and two-thirds of its population has fled abroad(U.K mostly).The former capital Plymouth lies buried under 40 feet of volcanic ash in places.
Unfortunately in 1997 the Soufriere Hills erupted again causing 19 death;a pyroclastic flow destroyed what was left of Plymouth and the Bramble's airport was abandoned.
Since then an Exclusion Zone has been in place and by this time more than half of the inhabitants had been moved away.The eruption continues to day on a much reduced scale.In January 2010,pyroclastic flows reached the sea.In February 2010 a Vulcanian explosion occured and few days later the lava dome collapsed and sent a huge column of ash that has reached Antigua.
Now Brades village is the temporary centre of government and a new town at Little Bay in the north of the island is under construction.
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