CAUTION! SOUFRIERE: READY TO ERUPT
By Michelle and Julia
All about the Soufriere.
The Soufriere (Soufriere Hills) is a stratovolcano located in Monterserrat, a carribean island. A stratovolcano, is the biggest most violent type of volcano. They are know for their huge eruptions. The volcanoes eruption lets out huge pyroclastic flows, tons of burning hot magma spreading at rapid paces. This volcano is currently an active volcano with it’s last eruption only being a few years ago.
The Soufriere's Plate Tectonics
The Soufriere was formed at the junction of the Atlantic tectonic plate and the Caribbean plate. The plate boundary that created this volcano was a destuctive plate boundary, which is near a subduction zone. A destructive plate boundary is where oceanic and continental plates move towards each other. The heavier, oceanic plate is pushed underneath the continental plate. As moves under the continental plate the oceanic plate melts due to the friction in the subduction zone. The crust becomes molten called magma. The magma is then forced to the surface of the earth causing a volcanic eruption.
Some Cool Pictures!
This is a picture of the Soufriere from above. You can see how big and tall this volcano is, and what it looks like. All of the plants growing around it.
This is a picture of the Soufriere from the island it is on. You can see it from a side view displaying it's size and location. They blocked off the part of the island the Soufriere is on.
This is the Soufriere erupting. You can see all of the magma that is running down the volcano, and you can see how hot the magma is. This picture is one a tourist took when the volcano was erupting. This volcano is currently active.
The Soufriere is a stratovolcano, with andesite lava. The Soufriere has long term eruptions. That means it has small to moderate ash eruptions, lava dome growth, and pyrocastic flows. Pyrocastic flows are dense destructive masses of extremely hot ash, lava fragments, and gases that are ejected like an explosion out of the volcano. Overall, the Soufriere has very dangerous eruptions.