“Mountain of God” May be Getting Ready to Erupt

Posted by on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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An active volcano in northeastern Tanzania known as the “Mountain of God” may be getting ready to erupt.

Researchers positioned five sensors around the volcano in 2016 to monitor its activity and risk of eruption and six months ago recorded data showing parts of the volcano were lifting upwards.

There have been over a dozen eruptions since the late 1800's.

In 2013 The volcano resumed lava flow which started to fill the large crater from the 2007-2008 eruption. As of July 2013, there is a large active hornito on the western edge of the crater floor. 

During June, residents near the volcano reported several earthquakes. The new crater is inaccessible and climbers have only occasionally glimpsed into it.

Ol Doinyo Lengai, "Mountain of God" in the Maasai language, is an active volcano located in the Gregory Rift, south of Lake Natron within the Arusha Region of Tanzania.

Should the eruption occur, there can be a large loss of historic sites.



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