Monserrat Case Study.

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  • Monserrat Eruption
    • a small island in the Caribbean. There is a volcanic area located in the south of the island on Soufriere Hills called Chances Peak.
      • Before 1995 it had been dormant for over 300 years. In 1995 the volcano began to give off warning signs of an eruption (small earthquakes and eruptions of dust and ash)
      • During this time, Montserrat was devastated by pyroclastic flows. The small population of the island (11,000 people) was evacuated in 1995 to the north of Montserrat as well as to neighbouring islands and the UK
      • Once Chances Peak had woken up it then remained active for five years. The most intense eruptions occurred in 1997.
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    • Despite the evacuations, 19 people were killed by the eruptions as a small group of people chose to stay behind to watch over their crops.
      • Volcanic eruptions and lahars have destroyed large areas of Montserrat. The capital, Plymouth, has been covered in layers of ash and mud. Many homes and buildings have been destroyed, including the only hospital, the airport and many roads.
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