Tanzania to conduct research on Mt Kilimanjaro volcano

August 4th, 2011 - 10:56 am ICT by IANS  

Dar es Salaam, Aug 4 (IANS) Tanzania plans to conduct a research on Mt Kilimanjaro to check signs of volcanic activity following recent volcanic incidents in different parts of the world.

Terezya Huvisa, state minister for environment in the vice president’s office, said this to parliament in Dodoma, the new capital, Xinhua reported.

Mt Kilimanjaro has three peaks which occurred due to volcanic eruptions about one million years ago, among which Mawenzi and Shira peaks have become “dead” and there was no possibility of eruption, according to experts, the minister said.

However, the Kibo peak was reportedly active as ashes and fire had been spotted recently, said Huvisa.

The last eruption at Kibo peak occurred 200 years ago, resulting in an ash pit which exists till today.

Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa with a height of 5,895 metres. Various studies conducted on the mountain show that the snow cap is melting drastically. Latest reports indicate that Mt Kilimanjaro’s glacier would disappear by 2025.

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