KWS: There was no volcanic eruption on Mt Longonot

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 28 Oct, 2022 11:28 | < 1 min read
Mount Longonot National Park. PHOTO/Courtesy

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has denied volcanic eruption at Mount Longonot National Park.

The state corporation said a fire had broken out on the mountain but it has since been put out.

"A fire outbreak on the southern side of Mt. Longonot National Park reported on Thursday, October 27, 2022, has been put out.

"An emergency response team dispatched to the area managed to contain and finally extinguish the inferno this morning.

"By the time the fire was put out, it had ravaged 40 hectares of bushland. There was no volcanic eruption of the mountain as reported in some media platforms," KWS said in a statement to newsroom.

KWS assurance to visitors

KWS further assured visitors that the park is safe.

"We assure that the park is safe to all visitors," the corporation added.

Mount Longonot is located southeast of Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley.

It last erupted in the 1860s.

Its name is derived from the Maasai word Oloonong'ot, meaning "mountains of many spurs" or "steep ridges".

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