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Soufriere Hills Volcano

Listed under Volcanoes in Montserrat.

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  • Photo of Soufriere Hills Volcano
  • Photo of Soufriere Hills Volcano
  • Photo of Soufriere Hills Volcano
  • Photo of Soufriere Hills Volcano
  • Photo of Soufriere Hills Volcano
  • Photo of Soufriere Hills Volcano
  • Photo of Soufriere Hills Volcano
Photo of Soufriere Hills Volcano
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The lush Caribbean island of Montserrat, once a hangout for wealthy rock stars, is now largely evacuated due to the eruptions of the Soufriere Hills volcano which destroyed the city of Plymouth and the entire southern half of the island. The volcano was believed extinct until it unexpectedly came to life in 1995, with disastrous consequences. Since then it has gone through periods of intense eruptive activity punctuated by periods of relative quiet. The remaining residents live on the northern half of the island, with the southern half being mostly off-limits due to the unpredictable volcano. However, good views of the volcano and its smoking lava dome can be had from Montserrat Volcano Observatory and Jack Boy Hill. A climb up Garibaldi Hill affords an awesome view of the ruins of Plymouth, a city almost completely destroyed by pyroclastic flows. If you are lucky you may even see an eruption.

Written by  Mike Lyvers.

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