(Xinhua) -- Tanzania has allayed fears
on the possible volcanic eruption of Ol Doinyo Lengai Mountain,
located in northern part of the east African nation.
Jumanne Maghembe, Tanzania’s Minister of Natural Resources and
Tourism maintained that it was too early to start evicting
people living near the mountain as there have been no signs of
"It is premature to start ascertaining the likelihood of an
eruption and the aftermath of the damage when there were no
signs of a volcanic activity on the mountain," the minister said
on the sidelines of inaugurating the new members of the
Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) board.
"There shouldn’t be any cause for panic, we need to do some
geological tests first, then we will be able to clear the doubt
on the possible occurrence of a volcanic eruption on the
mountain," he assured.
According to the minister, a team of geologists had already
been sent to the ground to establish the likelihood of an
occurrence of a volcanic eruption on the Mountain revered by the
Maasai as the ‘Mountain of God’.
Recently, there were reports of ‘Mountain of God’ Volcano
preparing to erupt.
Quoting scientists studying the tremors, the reports warn on
a possible eruption from the mountain adding that the outcome
was likely to destroy old invaluable historical sites found
around the area.
Elevated at 3,188 m (10,459 ft), Ol Doinyo Lengai towers over
the southern shore of Lake Natron near the village of Engare
Sero in Tanzania’s Rift Valley.
In 2016, 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
The ‘Mountain of God’ sits less than 70 miles from where
footprints left by human ancestors 3.6 million years ago were
In 2007, the Mountain belched out a plume of ash that
extended at least 11 miles downwind, leaving lava running down
the north and west flanks ignited burn scars that were visible
The volcanic activity in the mountain caused daily earth
tremors in Kenya and Tanzania for a week, the strongest tremor
measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale.
According to Geologists, the sudden increase of tremors was
indicative of the movement of magma through the Ol Doinyo Lengai.
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