Montserrat is home to a series of the most catastrophic eruptions in recent history. In 1995, the previously dormant Soufrière Hills erupted, spewing ash, rock and gas across much of the island. This event covered more than half the island with ash, and eruptions rocked the island for the following two years. The former capital city of Montserrat, Plymouth, was covered in some places by as much as 40 feet of fallen ash. Once a popular Caribbean destination, the island still has some great traits, including quiet beaches and lush forests perfect for eco-tourists seeking adventure. The volcano itself, and the destruction the last eruption left behind, is probably the most fascinating aspect of Montserrat. The Montserrat Volcano Observatory is a great place to go to get information and also enjoy great views of the Hills. Getting close to the eruption site is not possible as much of the island is in an Exclusion Zone, meaning it is simply too dangerous for people to visit. Some areas in the hills above the Exclusion Zone offer views of the destruction from a '96 eruption.