What happened on Montserrat when it’s volcano came back to life?

The island of Montserrat is famous for a series of volcanic eruptions which occurred during the 1990s. These radically altered the island and had a great effect on its population. The website of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) can be found here:

http://www.mvo.ms/

More about the island of Montserrat here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montserrat

Many of the people of Montserrat were evacuated to other countries, including the UK, where they had to make new lives:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4237882.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/7259684.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3575796.stm

Now the eruptions have subsided and the government of Montserrat is keen to revitalise the island’s tourist industry:

http://www.visitmontserrat.com/

The Montserrat government’s website is here:

http://www.gov.ms/

Find out more about life on the island from the Monserrat Reporter:

http://www.themontserratreporter.com/

In March 2008, there was a royal visit to Montserrat:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/nol/newsid_7280000/newsid_7285800/7285883.stm?bw=bb&mp=wm&news=1&nol_storyid=7285883&bbcws=1

Here is some footage of the Montserrat volcano a few years after the main eruptions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DbZ_fP85iU

There is still volcanic activity on Montserrat. Here is a plume of ash and gas from November 2008:

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=36045

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