Soufriere Hills Volcano Montserrat: Elusive, Magnificent, And More
Can an active volcano in your backyard be anything but dangerous? Soufriere Hills volcano looms large in the history of Montserrat. Even today, many people still think the island is nothing but a ruin, thanks to past eruptions. (Which, obviously isn’t true.) But, to be honest, the volcanos’ connection to my day-to-day life on Montserrat isn’t that big.
Elusive Soufriere Hills Volcano Montserrat
In fact, for the first two weeks after I arrived, I never even saw it. Like the vast majority of people on the island, my house doesn’t have a view of the volcano’s smokey peak.
So, it wasn’t until I finally got my all-clear to leave quarantine and I picked up my temporary driver’s license at the quaint police station beneath heavy mango trees in Salem that I was able to drive within view of the peak.
Magnificent Soufriere Hills Volcano Montserrat
And, just as I remembered, it was awe-inspiring—soaring out of the baren landscape it had created even as greenery retakes the surrounding land. Yeah, when you do see it, it’s magnificent. But the truth is, you just don’t see it that often as part of your daily life.
Of course, out of sight isn’t exactly out of mind, though. Every day at noon, a tone plays over loudspeakers to test the island’s emergency systems should there be any update to the volcano’s status.
If you ever second-guessed the idea of relocating to Montserrat to take advantage of their Remote Worker Stamp, read more about the many safety measures in place to ensure you might even forget there’s an active volcano on the island.