Caribbean Net News reports that with the increased activity by the Soufriere Hills Volcano on the island of Montserrat, now is the time for thrill-seekers and adventure enthusiasts to travel to the destination to get a first-hand look at this geological phenomenon. All businesses and ports are open and operating normally, including scheduled flights into the John A Osborne Airport and ferry service from Antigua into the port at Little Bay. Leisure travelers have the opportunity to safely see the volcano from several vantage points including the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) and Jack Boy Hill. “We would like the traveling public to know that Montserrat remains open for visitors and is still a safe destination,” comments Montserrat Tourist Board’s director of tourism, Ernestine Cassell. “In fact we are encouraging travelers to visit Montserrat and marvel at the activity taking place at the Soufriere Hills Volcano.”
The Soufrière Hills Volcano became active in 1995 and increased activity in 1997 led to the establishment of an exclusion zone around the volcano, which includes the former capital city, Plymouth. All residents now live in the northernmost third of the island, which has been declared a safe area. The recent increased volcanic activity is closely monitored by the experts at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory and visitors to the island can now see the glowing dome at nights from safe vantage points in the north of the island.
Originally posted at http://www.caribbeannetnews.com/news-20935–22-22–.html