Deadline for volcano isle

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The Independent Online
The new British governor of Montserrat gave islanders in four threatened towns until this evening to evacuate their homes, warning of the biggest eruption yet. Anthony Abbott said he was determined it "should not be allowed to claim another life". Nineteen died in an eruption earlier this year.

The government has said it will fine anybody left in the danger zone after the deadline but some of the 100 residents say they are determined to stay, whatever happens. Barely a third of the 11,000 inhabitants of Montserrat remain on the island, following the first eruption in 1995.

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