Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano (Tanzania), eruption news: possible major eruption
There has been a possibly major summit eruption at Lengai volcano on 31st of March 2006, involving significant ash fall and lava flows from the summit, according to the following news report, posted on IPPMedia:
Hundreds of villagers living around Mount Oldonyo Lengai in Ngorongoro District have been forced to flee their homes after the volcano erupted on Thursday.
Eyewitnesses said they heard a rumbling noise before the volcano began discharging ash and lava, prompting local residents to flee the area in their hundreds. District officials estimated that about 3,000 people from Nayobi, Magadini, Engaruka, Malambo, Ngaresero, Gelai Bomba and Kitumbeine villages left their homes within a few hours of the eruption, adding that most of them trekked to villages in neighbouring districts. Ngaresero resident Ibrahim ole Sakay said alarm bells were sounded after smoke was seen coming from the peak of the mountain, adding that people panicked after lava began pouring out of the volcano.
'People had to flee their homes in order to save their lives?it was the only sensible thing to do because a volcano eruption can easily obliterate whole villages and communities,'he said. He added that the eruption destroyed vegetation and polluted water sources, but no casualties were reported. 'Thank God, nobody was injured although smoke is still visible at the top of the mountain,'he said, adding that it was unlikely that those who fled their homes would return while smoke was still bellowing from the peak. ..