Mount Nyiragongo in Goma, DR Congo erupts

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Mount Nyiragongo in Goma, DR Congo erupts. PHOTO/ COURTESY

VOLCANIC MOUNT Nyiragongo in Goma, the DR Congo has erupted for the first time since 2002.

The DR Congo government has asked residents living near the volcanic mountain to migrate to safer areas as it monitors the situation.

A video seen by Payuka shows residents running in confusion as one person wonders what the fire, from the volcano, could be.

France 24 reported that the mountain burst into activity, spewing red fumes into the sky with residents reporting smell of Sulphur in the air.

At least died in the Mountain’s 2002 volcanic activity covering the eastern part of Goma and half of an airport with lava.

But the deadliest of the mountains erruption was in 1977 where over 600 people died.

Mount Nyiragongo in Goma, DR Congo erupts. VIDEO/ COURTESY

Volcanic activity involves the emission of gases, non-explosive lava or extremely violent explosive bursts that may last many hours.

This usually occurs when there is a sudden or continuing release of energy caused by near-surface or surface magma movement.

The energy can be in the form of earthquakes, gas-emission at the surface, release of heat (geothermal activity), explosive release of gases (including steam with the interaction of magma and surface of ground water), and the non-explosive extrusion or intrusion of magma.

In the case of Mount Nyiragongo, France24 quoted AFP to have reported that there was no earthquake.


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