Lava Domes

Lava in the Eastern Caribbean is usually very thick and rarely flows far from the volcano vent. As lava is emitted it accumulates around the vent creating a lava dome. While the volcano is erupting, these lava domes may eventually collapse and trigger pyroclastic flows.

The lava dome of the Soufrière Hills Volcano, Montserrat, viewed from the south-west. [date] [credit]