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Eruption at Nyamuragira 22 October 2009

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Nyamuragira volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo is reported to have erupted on Monday 19 October. Lava flowed northwards, away from the town of Goma which is to the south of Nyamuragira’s southern neighbour, Nyiragongo.

There are no reports of casualties or any disruption, but the area has been the scene of fighting between the DR Congolese army and rebels, and local relief agencies are concerned that further eruptive activity could prevent them getting help to where it’s needed.

UPDATE. The volcano-watchers at Activolcans have been checking thermal anomalies at Nyamuragira/Nyiragongo and have left a comment below which raises a cautionary note: this may not have been an eruption of Nyamuragira.

Goma safe after volcanic eruptionThe Southern Times, 22 October 2009

Global Volcanism Program: Nyamuragira – summary information for Nyamuragira (0203-02=)
Nyamuragira volcano – information from Volcano Discovery
Africa Volcanoes and Volcanics – information from the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory

The Volcanism Blog


1. activolcans - 22 October 2009

I’m very desapointed.
There were no thermal anomalies beween the first january 2009 and yesterday. But there were some thermal points are on the western flanc of niyragongo. Maybe it was a short lava flow of Niyragongo, but i don’t think it could be an eruption of Niyramuragira.
We’ll see…

2. activolcans - 23 October 2009

oups! my english is so bad!! I’m not “desappointed” but i’m surpised! (i thought the 2 words had the same traduction in French).

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