The eruption of Soufrière Hills has been extensively covered in local and regional newspapers such as the Montserrat Reporter, the Caribbean Week and the Antigua Sun. Journalists like Cathy Buffonge published countless articles on the state of the volcano and the island throughout the volcanic crisis. Here is a timeline of selected news articles by Cathy Buffonge from 1995-2000, which were previously also published in the four-volume anthology “Volcano!”. For the full articles simply click on the photos.
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First major evacuation of 6000 from southern and eastern areas, which lasted for 2 weeks.
Second major evacuation of 6000, which lasted for 1 month.
First major pyroclastic flows generated
Governor declares state of public emergency. Final evacuation of Plymouth and southern areas. Residents never returned.
First magmatic (Vulcanian) explosion - medium explosion
Very strong extrusion cycles and a series of 75 Vulcanian explosions - many medium explosions
"'Operation Exodus' drill conducted"
Lahars partially bury Plymouth and Bramble airport during passage of Hurricane George.
"Weather finishes off Plymouth"
Large dome collapse during period of no dome growth.
Tropical Mansion Suites open
Large dome collapse associated with rainfall.