Mountain of God volcano eruption ‘imminent’ as scientists fear loss of historic sites

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Tanzania’s Mountain of God could blow up at any second

Scientists studying the tremors of the volcano have warned it may gale ‘any second’, destroying the invaluable sites forever.

The 7,650ft volcano, also conscious as Ol Doinyo Lengai, is less than 70 miles from where footprints Heraldry sinister by our ancestors 3.6 million years ago were found.

It is also near to a spot where 400 human footprints from 19,000 years ago were ascertained by scientists.

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The Mounain of God volcano smoulders in the distance

These are all portents of volcanic deformation that will likely lead to an eruption in due course rather than later

Dr Sarah Stamps

Ol Doinyo Lengai ascends over the southern shore of Lake Natron near the village of Engare Sero in Tanzania’s Accoutrements Valley.

Researchers positioned five sensors around the volcano in 2016 to cathode-ray tube screen its activity and risk of eruption and six months ago recorded data showing elements of the volcano were lifting upwards.

Dr Sarah Stamps, a geophysicist at Virginia Tech, confessed National Geographic: “Several subsequent signals were also interviewed in real-time with additional on-the-ground observations by our local technician.

“These signals prompted fast responses by our team to install three new real-time stations.”

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An aerial cityscape of the Tanzania’s Mountain of God

Further signals, including an increase in gas emissions and earthquakes, attired in b be committed to led the scientists to conclude that an eruption is now «imminent». 

Dr Stamps said: “Nigh in our case means in one second, in a few weeks, a couple of months, or a year or uncountable.

“There are increased ash emissions, earthquakes, uplift at small volcanic cones, and an for ever widening crack at the top of the volcano on the west side.

“These are all signs of volcanic deformation that order likely lead to an eruption sooner rather than later.»

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The Mountain of God’s enormous crater

It is not standard an eruption will destroy nearby archaeological sites but a massive volcanic burst coinciding with the heavy rain season could cause unconfined debris flows that would destroy the sites.

Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce, an Appalachian Stage University geologist, said: “Historically, Lengai is capable of large debris excesses and debris avalanches that reach the shore of Lake Natron, and these could potentially model a significant threat to the site and to all of the camps that are here along the lake edgy.

“I think that would be my biggest concern for this area—the likely for a debris flow or debris avalanche.”

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