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Volcano Eruption: Montserrat, 1995-7

Volcano Activity

18th July `95

First puffs of ash and steam explosions, ashfalls and earthquakes

8th August `95

More intense tremors and explosions

A huge burst of steam and a cloud of ash reached 2,500 metres causing Plymouth (the
capital) to be plunged…

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7 villages destroyed

40% of island was considered unsafe to live on

Fires destroyed woodlands and floods washed away houses

23 people killed

People forced to move to the north of the island where there are no school or hospitals


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