(ANSA) – GOMA, MAY 22 – The Nyragongo volcano erupts a few kilometers from Goma, the capital of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Thousands of people are fleeing to the Rwandan border, and authorities are urging calm.
In 1977, a 3,000-meter-high and densely sloping volcano caused more than 600 deaths.
The military governor of Goma’s capital, North Kivu Province, has confirmed that the Nyragongo volcano erupted around 7pm local time. “Tests are underway and people must follow the instructions of the Civil Protection,” General Constant Endima added. The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has sent a helicopter to the area to confirm that volcanic activity is progressing and that the city of Goma does not appear to be threatening lava and is now flowing into Rwanda instead. Most of the city has an electric blackout, and thousands of residents have fled their homes after reports of “massive flames” erupting from the mountain. However, no earthquakes have been reported, and this is often accompanied by volcanic eruptions.
The lava lake on the Nyragongo volcano is constantly boiling, and is usually one of the tourist attractions in the area, not far from Virunga Park, which is home to a large population of gorillas. It is located 20 km north of the city of Goma and Lake Kivu. (On the handle).
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