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P063643

P number: P063643
Old photograph number: MN33232
Caption: Tar River Estate House, Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat, West Indies.
Description: The Tar River Estate House on 17th September 1996 with a dome-collapse pyroclastic flow passing behind down the Tar River valley. This dome collapse continued for more than nine hours. A large part of the dome collapsed on 17th September and this caused a rapid reduction in pressure over the vent at the summit of the volcano. As a result, shortly before midnight, there was a magmatic explosion during which blocks of lava 1.5 m. in diameter were blasted 2.1 km. from the dome. The ongoing eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano has devastated much of the small Caribbean island of Montserrat. The eruption of the lava dome-building volcano began in 1995 and volcanic hazards have included pyroclastic flows, pyroclastic surges, vulcanian explosions, lateral blasts, ash clouds and lahars.
Date taken: Sun Sep 01 00:00:00 BST 1996
Photographer: Young, S.
Copyright statement: NERC
Orientation: Landscape
Size: 166.82KB; 1001 x 647 pixels; 85 x 55 mm (print at 300 DPI); 265 x 171 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
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