Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano (Tanzania), activity update: volcano calming down, further investigations under way
Tue, 11 Sep 2007, 08:1708:17 AM |
As more evidence about the large eruption at Lengai volcano on 4-5 Sep is pieced together, it appears that the eruption was probably a mainly explosive event while evidence of significant lava flows on the flanks becomes less. The observed "lava flows" could have been bush fires ignited by hot ejecta. In any case, there is little doubt that the observed ash cloud was the result of a significant explosive eruption and not just landslides on the steep flank.
In the meanwhile, the mountain has calmed down and only weak thermal anomalies are being detected on the summit. It would be imprudent to say that the eruption is over. If this is indeed the start of a major explosive cycle, more eruptions could follow in the next weeks and months. Field investigations are under way.
Thu, 6 Sep 2007, 18:39
It seems that the eruption at Lengai is indeed a major event and that explosive activity has taken or is taking place in addition to lava flows and probably, bush fires. According to local sources from the nearby Moivaro - Lake Natron Camp, Lengai first erupted at midnight and at 6 am on 4 September. A pilot reported ash rising to 20,000 ft (ca. 6 km). Ashfall was reported from Engaresero Village, but there are no reports on injuries or fatalities. The highly regarded Moivaro Tented Lodge near Lake Natron has been temporarily evacuated. Read all