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Satellite image of Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano by (c) Google Earth View
Satellite image of Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano by (c) Google Earth View
Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano
Stratovolcano 2890 m
Tanzania, -2.75°S / 35.9°E
Current status: restless (2 out of 5)
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Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano eruptions:
1550 BC (?), 50 AD (?), 700 AD (?), 1350 (?), 1880, 1882, 1904, 1907, 1914, 1916, 1921, 1926, 1940, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1967, 1983, 1994, 2006, 2007-ongoing
Typical eruption style:
Explosive activity. In addition, at least during the past +-30 years near-continuous effusion and mildly explosive eruption of natrocarbonatite lava from vents inside the crater, sometimes overflowing over the rim, is taking place.
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The Garden of Eden (10-days trekking and wildlife safari to the Ngorongoro Highlands and the Rift Valley, Tanzania)

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Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano news and activity updates:

Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano (Tanzania), eruption news: powerful ash eruptions

Tuesday Mar 11, 2008 11:06 AM |

Lengai's activity has been continuing to increase. Over the past days, several ash eruptions have produced plumes up to more than 10km height, the largest one possibly being on 4 March rising to about 14 km, as evident from satellite data, observations by passing aircraft and spectacular photos taken from the ground posted on Fred Belton's website.
Possibly, some of the eruptions have also produced pyroclastic flows travelling part way down the steel flanks of the mountain. It should be noted that visiting Lengai, even its lower flanks must be considered EXTREMELY dangerous. There are no safe observation spots nearby, particularly as the topography of the mountain puts the surrounding flat areas into a high risk zone of pyroclastic flows.
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Previous news
Thursday, Feb 21, 2008
The VAAC reported an ash plume from Ol Doinyo Lengai was rising to an altitude of 11.6 km at 15 February. ... [more]
Tuesday, Feb 19, 2008
The activity at Lengai seems to be increasing. In the past two weeks, explosions have ejected ash plumes rising several kilometers. On 15 Feb., Dutch pilots observed and photographed an eruption plume rising to estimated 12 km (36,000 ft). [more]
Typical ash eruption from the new ash cone in the N crater
Thursday, Jan 24, 2008
A small group from VolcanoDiscovery, local mountain guides and partners stayed near and on Lengai volcano during 17-21 January. During this period, Lengai continued to erupt ash to several 100 meters above the new ash cone during phases lasting several hours alternating with periods of quiet when only a weak plume of very fine gray ash and gas was issuing out of the new ash cone. ... [more]
Thursday, Nov 15, 2007
Based on information from the Tanzania MVO, the Toulouse VAAC reported that Ol Doinyo Lengai erupted on 7 November and remained active. According to Frederick Belton's website, an observer saw a "smoke" plume rise to an altitude of 3.2-3.5 km (10,500-11,500 ft) a.s.l. and drift WSW towards the Gol Mountains on 10 November. [more]

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2007
New photos from Ol Doinyo Lengai by Tim Leach about three weeks old. [more]

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