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Montserrat is a small island in the Caribbean. There is a volcanic area located in the south of the island on Soufriere Hills calledChances Peak. Before 1995 it had beendormant 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). Once Chances Peak had woken up it then remained active for five years. The most intense eruptions occurred in 1997.

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…


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