London: A massive eruption of the 'Mountain of God' volcano in Tanzania is imminent - and it could wipe out key sites in human history, scientists have warned.
Also known as Ol Doinyo Lengai, the 7,650ft (2,331m) volcano is less than 70 miles away from where footprints left by our ancestors 3.6 million years ago have been discovered, Daily Mail reported on Friday.
And it is also close to a spot where 400 human footprints from 19,000 years ago have been found by scientists.
Researchers studying the tremors of the volcano have now warned it may erupt 'any second', destroying the invaluable sites forever.
The Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano, known to the Maasai people as 'Mountain of God', towers over the southern shore of Lake Natron in the village of Engare Sero.
Researchers positioned five sensors around the volcano in 2016 to monitor its activity and risk of eruption.
In January of this year, the scientists recorded a shudder in their data, indicating that parts of the volcano were lifting upwards.
'Several subsequent signals were also seen in real-time with additional on-the-ground observations by our local technician,' Dr Sarah Stamps, a geophysicist at Virginia Tech, told National Geographic.