Souffriere experiences biggest eruption yet
The Souffriere volcano on Montserrat began acting up again last September and Friday was the worst eruption since then.
People on the island described the venting as the largest for the Souffriere Volcano since this recent spell of activity started.
The ash cloud was so large, they said, that it basically shut out the sun over the greater part of the island. Unconfirmed reports said that it rose to approx. 50,000 feet.
Ever since the eruptions, the people have been leaving the island. Being among the last of the British protectorates, the people headed to the United Kingdom as citizens. Many still live there.
Today, there are no more than 6,000 people on the island. Things reached the stag where the need arose for the Premier and his administration to recruit people from outside to undertake jobs.
Most of the island is uninhabitable today having been buried in ash. This latest venting is threatening the remainder of the island.