Congo: Mount Nyiragongo Volcano Rumbles with Smoke

Mount Nyiragongo, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, is pouring vast clouds of black smoke and volcanic ash into the sky in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mount Nyiragongo’s crater is filled with molten lava, according to photos shared on social media.

Although it is not yet pouring, geologists at Goma’s Volcano Observatory have noted a spike in seismic activity.

The head of the observatory, Celestin Kasereka, told the BBC that the smoke and ash visible across Goma were caused by periodic explosions. Despite this, he believes Nyiragongo will not explode.

Residents have been encouraged to remain calm, but many may find it impossible to do so because the horrific effects of the eruption last May are still fresh in their minds.

It led to the deaths of 32 people, and forced thousands from their homes.

Many fled to neighbouring Rwanda while others are still living in temporary camps in Goma.

The Nyiragongo volcano system is regarded as one of the world’s most seismically active. Nyiragongo is a crater in the middle of which is a lava lake.

Source: BBC

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