Flashcards in Geography- case study-DW- volcano LEDC- Soufrière hill Deck (8)
Where is Soufrière hill?
In Montserrat, the Caribbean island
What type of plate boundary did it lie on?
The North American plate subducted beneath the Caribbean plate (destructive)
When was the major eruption?
June 1997 (volcanic activity from two years before)
How many death were there?
What were the primary effects?
-hundreds of people left homeless
-ash destroyed farmland and crops
What were the secondary effects?
-Unemployment rose from 7% to 50%
-countries tourist industry stopped with closure of airport
-5000 people moved off island (skills shortage)
What were the short term responses?
-people were evacuated from highest risk areas in the North of the Island
-tents from the UK were sent