August 5, 1997 in Nation/World

Volcano Debris Falls On Island Safe Zone

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A shower of volcanic debris fell today on Montserrat’s safe zone, fallout from an eruption that blew super-heated gas, rock and ash onto the island’s deserted capital.

The eruption set aflame graceful Georgian homes and buildings in Plymouth that were abandoned two years earlier, when the Soufriere Hills volcano first sprang to life.

But no damage was reported today in the safe area around Salem, where pebble-sized debris fell onto the rooftops of homes in one of Montserrat’s most populated areas, about five miles north of Plymouth. Scientists were preparing to fly over the capital, Plymouth, in a helicopter to survey the damage.


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