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tlr online
11-03-04, 00:08
Days of seismic and volcanic activity finally reached critical mass on March 3, 2004, when Soufriere Hills Volcano's lava-dome collapsed and an explosion sent an ash cloud roughly six kilometers up into the atmosphere, shown here in this true-color image from March 5, 2004. In this image, the ash plume is shown drifting southwestward from the summit of the volcano. Flows of hot ash, gasses, and rocks poured down the eastern flank of the volcano and along the Tar River. Though no ash fell in populated areas, earthquakes continued to shake the ground for hours, and a second, minor explosion with ash venting occurred mid-morning on March 5.

Soufriere Hills sits on the southern half of the island of Montserrat in the West Indies. Well-documented reports of eruptions have been coming in since 1995, though there has been non-eruptive activity consistently throughout the 20th century.

http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/images/image03102004_md.jpg

Copyright 2004 NASA

gonga
11-03-04, 00:14
The sad part of this story is that the inhabitants that can afford to do so are all leaving their ancestral homeland. Those that remain live largely in shelters. All the remaining elders have are their memories - no future. The capital of Plymouth lies buried under thick ash, not unlike Pompeii. The difference this time was we evacuated most everyone before the pyroclastic cloud arrived.

Dorothy
27-03-04, 09:29
I wished tlr would continue to post these photos at least once in a while.
I love to see them, although there is often a sad story behind them.