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Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano (Tanzania) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 7 August-13 August 2002 (New Activity / Unrest)

Wed, 7 Aug 2002, 06:00
06:00 AM | BY: VN
During 4-9 August, Ol Doinyo Lengai was in a heightened state of volcanic activity. A group visiting the volcano for 5 days saw episodes of sudden explosive lava fountaining from cracks and fissures in the crater floor. Sulfurous gases were also unusually strong in the central crater.
Around 0210, part of an expedition camp in the crater of Ol Doinyo Lengai was destroyed by extremely fluid pahoehoe lava flows. A local guide received several second-degree burns on one foot when material in his tent was ignited by the lava.

Source: Ol Doinyo Lengai (Fred Belton)
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From: Global Volcanism Program, 2002. Report on Ol Doinyo Lengai. In: Mayberry, G (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 7 August-13 August 2002. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.
Satellite image of Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano by (c) Google Earth View
Satellite image of Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano by (c) Google Earth View
Stratovolcano 2890 m
Tanzania, -2.75°S / 35.9°E
Current status: minor activity or eruption warning (3 out of 5) 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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