The eruption of Soufriere Hills Volcano, which began with phreatic (steam) explosions on 18 July 1995, is now 17 years old. Activity over the first 4 months of activity was dominated by phreatic explosions and earthquake swarms. These explosions were centred inside English’s Crater on Castle Peak dome (pictured left), which is now completely buried beneath the current lava dome. Lava dome growth began a few months later on 15 November 1995.
For a summary of activity of Soufriere Hills Volcano since the beginning of the eruption to date, click here.