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article imageUPDATE: Comoros volcano tremors grow stronger, more frequent

By Carolyn E. Price     Jan 14, 2007 in Environment
Update to yesterday's post on Mount Karthala, on the island of Grande Camore.
Original post:
The earth tremors from Mount Karthala' volcano grew stronger and more frequent, happening about every 15 minutes, on Sunday, said residents. Thousands of of nervous families slept outside overnight for fear their homes might collapse.
Hamidou Soule, a geologist who leads the Karthala surveillance center, said tremors were lasting up to five seconds and had reached five on the Richter scale. "The lava and the gases remain trapped and are looking to crack through the mountain. It seems the main chimney is blocked," he said. "The frequency of the tremors shows that a (lava) flow could happen in any part of the island."
In Comore's capital Moroni, thousands of residents slept outside and national radio broadcast appeals for calm and readings from the Koran across the mainly Muslim island.
"When I felt the tremor, I woke my wife and we stayed in the garden," said resident Abderemane Koudre. "We thought the house was going to collapse. It was frightening."
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