Montserrat Volcano Erupts, Fires in Former Capital

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

San Juan, Puerto Rico (AP) The volcano on the tiny Caribbean Island of Montserrat has burst into action, hurling hot rocks that set buildings ablaze in the island's abandoned capital.

The director of the island's volcano observatory says no one was injured or evacuated. Roderick Stewart says the Soufriere Hills Volcano spewed material more than half a mile into the air.

He said Wednesday that buildings burned for several hours in Plymouth, the capital city that was abandoned when volcano erupted in 1997 and killed 19 people.

Stewart says the explosion was smaller than when the volcano's dome partially collapsed in late July and spewed ash some 40,000 feet into the air.

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