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Monday, Sep 21, 2015
The volcano is NOT erupting. The reported eruption turned out to be a false report - what seemed to be an ash plume was in fact caused by a huge forest fire on the slopes of Meru. [more]
Image of Meru's eruption yesterday (image: Selle Higgins @safariwithselle / twitter)
Monday, Sep 21, 2015
A new eruption has been reported yesterday from the volcano, which has last been active 105 years ago. ... [more]
 

Meru volcano

Stratovolcano 4565 m / 14,977 ft
Tanzania, -3.25°S / 36.75°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) | Reports
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Last update: 21 Sep 2015 (no eruption - large forest fire)
Typical eruption style: unspecified
Meru volcano eruptions: 2015, 1910No recent earthquakes
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Background:

Meru volcano, Africa's fourth highest mountain, is dwarfed by neighboring Kilimanjaro volcano, but is an impressive peak in its own right. Seen from the west, Meru has a conical profile, but it contains a 5-km-wide breached caldera on the east side that formed about 7800 years ago when the summit of the volcano collapsed. Associated massive debris avalanches and lahars traveled as far as the western flank of Kilimanjaro volcano. Parasitic cones and lava domes are located on all sides; a maar field is present on the lower north flank. The historically active Ash Cone forms a prominent symmetrical cone inside the breached caldera. A second vent between it and the caldera headwall has fed lava flows that cover much of the caldera floor.
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