Soufriere Hills

(Montserrat)
(20/25 February 2010)


By air : After taking off from Guadeloupe, our Cessna flew over the island. We could see Plymouth, the ancient capital whose central part was buried by lahars and covered with ash. It has been abandoned since 1997 and often looted by pirates coming onboard sailboats from Guadeloupe or Santa Lucia. It is now a ghost town whose streets can sometimes no longer be seen and dominated by the volcano whose quiet periods lasting sometimes several months have deterred residents from coming back sooner or later to live in their hometown.

By sea : After leaving Little Bay, the only port to the north of the island, our small launch got slowly close to the coast near Plymouth. Seen from the sea, it appeared to be the same ghost town as the one we visited on foot. The houses are barely emerging from the mudflows and the silver-coloured ash that totally buried the central part of the city. Although inactive, the volcano is still a threat; it looks as if it is silently waiting to definitely wipe out this city.


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