DR Congo: Goma ‘Spared’ As Lava From Volcano Halts Outside City

DR Congo: Goma ‘Spared’ As Lava From Volcano Halts Outside City

Region’s military governor says the lava flow stopped on the outskirts of the eastern city as thousands evacuated Goma.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • A river of boiling lava from the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo has come to a halt outside Goma, sparing the city in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • According to a provisional estimate, five people were killed in related accidents.
  • Residents said there was little warning before the dark sky turned a fiery red, leading to fears that the eruption could cause the same kind of devastation as the last time in 2002 when hundreds died.
  • The last time Nyiragongo erupted was January 17, 2002, killing 250 people, displacing 120,000 others, and covering almost all of the eastern part of Goma with lava, including half of the airport’s landing strip.

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