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The eruption of Soufrière volcano, St Vincent April–June 1979


The Soufrière volcano in St Vincent began to erupt on 13 April 1979 after 10 months of mild premonitory activity. A series of strong vertical explosions between 13 and 26 April generated ash falls, pyroclastic flows and mudflows. From about 3 May onwards basaltic–andesite lava has been accumulating in the summit crater.

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Shepherd, J., Aspinall, W., Rowley, K. et al. The eruption of Soufrière volcano, St Vincent April–June 1979. Nature 282, 24–28 (1979).

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