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Experts to treat volcanic lakes

A team of 10 environmental experts have begun work to release toxic gas from the volcanic lakes of Nyos and Monoun, AFP reported on Tuesday. The scientists - from the United States, Japan and France - will build a filtering device to release the carbon gases slowly into the atmosphere. Over the next three to five years, the team will install a mechanism that will eliminate all risks of future toxic gas accidents, AFP reported. A build-up of toxic gas within the lakes was released into the atmosphere in 1984 and 1986. In the 1986 Lake Nyos incident 1,600 people were killed. The lake lies 500 km west of Yaounde, the capital of 1.2 million residents.

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