12 October 2002 Most visits to Montserrat are trouble-free. However, because of ongoing volcanic activity, entry into the southern part of the island is prohibited. There is also an exclusion zone around the southern coastal waters. But life and commercial activity, including tourism, continue as normal in the central and northern regions. To view the article in full, visit the page below: http://www.fco.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1007029390590&a=KCountryAdvice&aid=1013618386244
29 Jan 2001 SALEM, Montserrat (AP) - Scientists have learned a lot from the Soufriere Hills volcano in the five years it has been erupting, destroying life and property - lessons they hope will save lives in the future. "This is one of the best-studied eruptions ever," said Peter Dunkley, acting director of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, which monitors the activity of the volcano on the southern half of this once-lush, Caribbean island southeast of Puerto Rico. One of the most notable discoveries is a new type of pyroclastic flow, the frightening and destructive phenomenon that is a high-density mix of hot, dry rock fragments and superheated volcanic gases. Pyroclastic flows are the result of explosive eruptions of molten or solid rock fragments, or both. They can also result, as at the Soufriere Hills volcano, in what's technically called a "stratovolcano" during non-explosive eruptions of lava when parts of the volcano's dome, or the sides of the entire dome itself, collapse down a steep slope. Full article at: http://www.infobeat.com/fullArticle?article=405992277
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2000 12:39:18 -0400 From: Bill Innanen Dengue fever confirmed in Montserrat? ------------------------------------- Although I'm not a health professional (I'm a physicist) I've been reading the ProMED-mail list for years now. Another of my interests is the small, volcano ravaged Caribbean island of Montserrat. The two interests coincided today. In the Radio Montserrat (ZJB) web cast  for 16 Oct 2000, a statement from the Acting Health Officer, Franklin Perkins, indicated that dengue fever had been confirmed on the island by the Caribbean Epidemiology Center on Trinidad . I have checked The Montserrat Reporter  the only newspaper (weekly), and the CEC site, but have not found a written report yet, so all I have to go on is the audio stream from Radio Montserrat. I guess this would have to be counted as a unconfirmed and detail-less "head's up." -- William G. Innanen, Ph.D Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Last Updated: 18 September 2000 MOST VISITS TO MONTSERRAT ARE TROUBLE-FREE BUT VISITORS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT, DUE TO THE RISK OF VOLCANIC ACTIVITY, ACCESS TO PARTS OF THE ISLAND ARE PROHIBITED NATURAL DISASTERS Activity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano in the South of Montserrat continues and, with the exception of Iles Bay Hill, all areas below a line, from the Belham River Valley in the west to the airport in the east have been designated an Exclusion Zone into which entry is forbidden. The Daytime Entry Zone providing access during daylight hours to Cork Hill, Foxes Bay and Richmond Hill has been closed temporarily. Although there has been little ash fall from the volcano in the occupied areas in recent months, it is possible to experience ash fall in any part of the island should there be a large volcanic event. This may cause discomfort for people suffering from respiratory problems such as asthma. HEALTH Although there is a well-quipped 30-bed hospital, which provides a 24 hour casualty service, anyone requiring specialist medical treatment may need to travel to a neighbouring island. Visitors should ensure that they have adequate medical insurance, which should cover the possible cost of medical evacuation. GENERAL All visitors are urged to collect, at port of entry, a copy of the current volcano risk map. Visitors are advised to tune to Radio Montserrat (FM 91.9 and 95.5) for updates on the volcano and for instructions on what to do should the warning sirens sound. W H Bramble Airport remains closed. Visitors can travel to the island by helicopter or high-speed ferry from Antigua. For further information contact Montserrat Aviation Services (MAS) (tel: +1664 491 2362) for helicopter bookings and Carib World Travel (tel: +1268 460 6101) in Antigua for ferry bookings. CONTACT DETAILS Travel Advice Unit, Consular Division Foreign & Commonwealth Office I Palace Street, London SW I E SHE Tel: 020 7238 4503/4504 Fax: 020 7238 4545 Government House, McChesney's Estate, Olveston; (tel: +1 664 491 2688/9; fax: +1 664 491 8867); e-mail: email@example.com Office hours (GMT): Mon-Fri: 1200-1600 and 1700-2000.
2 December 1997 Officials said Monday they have not planned a full evacuation of Montserrat in spite of a report predicting it could be decades before all of the volcano-plagued British territory is safe. Montserrat has lost some 2/3s of its population since its volcano roared to life in July 1995 after centuries of virtual dormancy, forcing the evacuation of the southern portion of the island, including its capital Plymouth. There are fewer than 4,000 people left on Montserrat, versus about 11,000 before the volcano came to life. Those remaining are confined to a "safe" zone comprising the northern third of the island. See http://www.infobeat.com/stories/cgi/story.cgi?id=6246152-27f