Volcanic Eruption Of Mt. Nyiragongo Of Democratic Republic Congo Led To Devastation
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Mount Nyiragongo: Lava destroys houses after Democratic Republic Congo volcano erupted on Saturday, May 22, 2021, leaving 32 dead and subsequent evacuation of the nearby city of Goma. The effects of the eruption are still being felt, as 92 earthquakes and tremors were recorded over the weekend.
After a large volcano erupted in the Democratic Republic of Congo, footage shows lava on nearby streets, houses on fire and a thick orange cloud over the eastern city of Goma. Thousands of people have fled their homes after fountains of lava burst from the Mount Nyiragongo. After crossing a major highway, the lava advanced toward Goma, a city of two million people which was devastated by the last eruption, in 2002, when boiling lava smothered entire neighborhoods, killed several hundred people and left at least 100,000 homeless, in the video published on May 23, 2021, “Lava Destroyed the City! Nyiragongo Volcano Eruption“, below:
Around 8,000 people crossed into Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to seek refuge following the eruption of the Mount Nyiragongo volcano, Rwanda’s Emergency Management Ministry said. “This morning, after lava flows from Nyiragongo volcano have stopped, most of Congolese evacuated to Rubavu are returning back home. Rwanda received around 8000 people last night,” the ministry said on its official Twitter account. Thousands of residents in Goma, a major city in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, spent the night outdoors following eruption, according to a spokesman for the Norwegian Refugee Council, in the video published on May 23, 2021, “Footage shows lava flow after volcano erupts in Democratic Republic of Congo“, below:
An earthquake on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda stoked fears a nearby volcano would erupt again three days after dozens of people were killed and villages were destroyed by lava. According to the United Nations over 5,000 people have been displaced by the eruption. More than half a million people have lost access to safe water, as lava destroyed one of the most important water supply sources, the International Federation of the Red Cross said, in the video published on May 26, 2021, “Earthquakes in Congo stoke fear of second volcanic eruption“, below:
Tens of thousands of people are fleeing the city of Goma in eastern DR Congo fearing another volcanic eruption by Mount Nyiragongo, which spewed lava near the city last week. Traffic was jammed and pedestrians streamed through the streets, desperate to escape the impending danger, in the video published on May 27, 2021, “Thousands evacuate DR Congo’s Goma amid more volcanic activity“, below:
An exodus of tens of thousands of people took place after authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo ordered the evacuation of part of Goma city on Thursday, May 27, 2021. The order was issued due to the risk of further eruptions from the volcano Nyiragongo, in the video published on May 27, 2021, “DR Congo orders evacuation in eruption hit Goma, move triggers mass exodus | Mount Nyiragongo | WION“
On May 27, 2021, thousands started fleeing the city of Goma in Democratic Republic of Congo to escape another eruption from Mount Nyiragongo, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. After the first eruption the city has been rocked by a series of tremors and minor earthquakes. Authorities have asked over a million people to evacuate the city from 10 of the 18 districts in the city. Approximately 4kms below the ground, scientists have detected ‘magma’ or ‘a lake of fire’ whose tectonic activity could potentially lead to another eruption.The eruption this year was different from the last two eruptions the city has faced because it came without warning. By the time the people in surrounding areas realised that the volcano was erupting, the sky had already turned crimson red with lava pouring out for over 5 hours. According to the latest count, 32 people have died because of the previous lava flow and asphyxiation from gases. Since the 2002 eruption, the number of people living near the volcano has doubled, bringing the count to almost 2 million. While some people have started moving towards Rwanda again, others are going towards the port near Lake Kivu. But this could prove to be more fatal as the 1500 feet deep lake has been formed by the same geological factors as Mount Nyiragongo. Scientists fear that if the lakebed is destabilised by tremors and then exposed to lava, the gases that are released can be very dangerous to people in the vicinity, in the video published on May 28, 2021, “Mass evacuation in Loma, DR Congo after second volcano warning“, below:
Seismologists in the Democratic Republic of Congo reported 92 earthquakes in a 24-hour period around the Mount Nyiragongo volcano, which erupted a week ago. CNN flew above the volcano and captured stunning images. CNN’s Larry Madowo reports, in the video published on May 31, 2021, “Remarkable aerial video shows volcano spewing ash“, below:
According to BBC, the volcano continues to pose a threat. Besides the shift of plates that are causing the tremors, the chances of eruption from under the lake that can trigger the release of lethal gas or other volcanic activity is also likely to occur. Residents of Goma are urged to take continued precaution.
If you would like to help the victims of this volcanic eruption, please feel free to check out these organizations currently helping DR Congo:
- Save the Children
- Doctors Without Borders (aka Medicins Sans Frontieres)
- UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency-USA
- World Vision
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