Thursday, April 06, 2006

3,000 people run away from volcano eruption in Tanzania

Oldonyo Lengai Mountain erupted on Sunday and Monday, said Emmanuel Chausi, an official with the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority.

The mountain which is shaped like a perfect cone with no trees in the middle of the savanna, is just outside the conservation area and about 160 kilometers (100 miles) west of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak.

"Luckily there are no injuries or deaths," he told AP Tuesday, adding that both eruptions took place at night.

Oldonyo Lengai is the only remaining active volcanic mountain in Tanzania and its last significant eruption was in 1983, though the inside of the crater is active year-round.

The Masai tribe believe their deity resides on top of the mountain in the African Rift Valley.

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