- British colony of Montserrat.
- Northern part of the Lesser Antilles.
- Island arc formed where Atlantic tectonic plate subducts beneath the Caribbean tectonic plate.
- Montserrat is only 16km long and 10km wide - built almost entirely of volcanic rock.
- Lava domes have been created as a result of thick sticky (andesitic) lava building up at the top of the volcano.
- When the lava becomes too heavy, the domes collapse, resulting in andesitic lava flows and pyroclastic flows.
- The volcanic flows have left rich volcanic soil which supports an abundance of tropical vegetation and cashcrops including the soft, locally woven Sea Island cotton.
- On 18th July 1995, the Chances Peak volcano in the south of the island began erupting ash and dust.
- One month later evacuation of the south of the island began, residents moved to churches and halls in the north.
- In April 1996, the entire population of Plymouth (the capital) was forced to leave.
- On 25 June 1997 Chances Peak erupted. The…
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