Scientists studying the Soufriere volcano near Basse Terre on the west Indian island of Guadeloupe say eruptions there are intensifying.
GVS AND SVS: steam rising from Soufriere Volcano, Guadeloupe. (9 shots)
GV and SV: observers. (2 shots)
GVs: danger signs by road. (3 shots)
SVs: roadsign PAN TO MVs deserted road and buildings. (5 shots)
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Background: Scientists studying the Soufriere volcano near Basse Terre on the west Indian island of Guadeloupe say eruptions there are intensifying.
SYNOPSIS: The scientists have been watching the volcano on the Caribbean Island for the past four months. For the last two, the volcano has been threatening to explode into a major eruption, and scientists say there is increased seismic activity int he area. Early in August two tremors reaching four and five on the open-ended Richter scale shook the island. There have been more tremors since then and observers fear that when it does really blow it could do so with a force equal to several atomic bombs. When it's not erupting, it sends up billows and billows of steam.
After the August eruption authorities on the island ordered the evacuation of the 70,000 people living in Basse Terre situated at the foot of the 4000 foot (1200 metre) peak. Now the roads are lined with road signs warning those who're left of the extreme danger.
Homes and buildings in the area are deserted. Their owners are living in temporary accommodation or have gone to live with their families on other parts of the island. Many people are out of work because of the crisis. However France has promised to help, and after flying to Guadeloupe to assess the situation the Secretary of State for Overseas Territories Monsieur Olivier Stirn, said that 2.2 million francs had been allocated to feed and house the homeless.