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Eastern Congo volcanoes show heightened seismic activity 30 March 2009

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Reuters is reporting today that heightened seismicity has been registered at Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira volcanoes in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dieudonne Wafula, head scientist at the Volcanological Observatory of Goma (which has no website), told Reuters: ‘There is heavy activity around Nyiragongo, but it’s more centred on Nyamulagira … The risk is greater for the villages west of the Nyamulagira volcano’. Walufa said that the low level of lava in the Nyiragongo lava lake meant that the city of Goma, extensively damaged (with many fatalities) in the most recent eruption of Nyiragongo in 2002, was less at risk on this occasion.

The local Red Cross is on the alert to assist the local population in the event of an eruption. Political instability and fighting in eastern DR Congo have led to the already heavily-populated region around the volcanoes becoming home to thousands of refugees.

There’s more on this at Eruptions.

[The Global Volcanism Program uses the form Nyamuragira for Nyamulagira volcano.]

Eastern Congo volcanoes show eruption warning signs – Reuters AlertNet, 30 March 2009

Global Volcanism Program: Nyiragongo – summary information for Nyiragongo (0203-03=)
Global Volcanism Program: Nyamuragira – summary information for Nyamuragira (0203-02=)

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