montserrat Montserrat Volcano Observatory


5.2 23TRPG John A Osborne Airport, Gerald's Park
5.6217 off Plymouth, MS,
6.1 79TRPM W H Bramble Airport, Plymouth
62.1 45TAPA VC Bird Intl, Antigua Island
65.0321TKPN Nevis Island, Nevis Island
82.5319TKPK Golden Rock Airport, St. Kitts Island

1996 to present

16 44 54.7 secs N - 62 12 45.7 secs W
0.5nm ESE of Salem
Elevation: 768 feet

On 18 Jul 1995, the Soufriere Hills Volcano on Montserrat (a British Overseas Territory in the Lesser Antilles) began a series of eruptions which have changed the face of the island, destroyed the city of Plymouth and displaced over half the population. Successive eruptions, notably in early August that year, saw rapid response humanitarian relief efforts (such as the British Operation Harlech), followed by reconstruction projects.

The Volcano Observatory has been built on hills overlooking Soufriere Hills, near the Exclusion Zone, which covers most of the South and South East of the island. It includes a single spot helipad. Staff from the British Geological Survey managed the Observatory between 1997 and 2008 and still maintain close touch with its work.

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