Pyroclastic flows from an explosion on 25 June 1997 resulted in the deaths of 19 people. A
further 75 explosions occurred between 22 September and 21 October. A lateral blast occurred on 26 December 1997. About 60 million cubic meters of dome and crater
wall travelled to the south as debris avalanches and pyroclastic flows.
Minister Bertrand Osborne resigned. Royal Navy Vessel, the
HMS Liverpool, evacuated Montserratians to other islands, including Antigua and Guadeloupe. In the end, about 7,000 people, or two-thirds of the population left the
island; 4,000 of them to the UK.