Nyamuragira from space and from the ground 23 January 2010Posted by admin in activity reports, Africa, Congo (Dem. Rep.), eruptions, Nyamuragira, Nyiragongo.
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At the European Space Agency ‘portal’ (or, if you prefer, ‘website’) there is an interesting article about the ways in which the ESA’s Envisat has helped to monitor the Nyamuragira eruption in D. R. Congo as part of the GORISK project for using ground-based and remote sensing techniques as a tool for volcanic risk and health impact assessment for the Goma region. Dr Nicholas D’Oreye of GORISK explains the importance of the satellite contribution:
As well as helping to validate information from different datasets, the satellite images are providing invaluable information about the situation, such as the details about the lava flow and the fact that the Nyiragongo volcano is not showing any signs of abnormal activity. This has been of great importance for the local authorities and the Goma Volcano Observatory, who are holding daily crisis meetings, to reassure the local population and humanitarian agencies that Nyiragongo will be unaffected by the eruption of Nyamulagira.
Meanwhile, from ground level, the gorilla.cd blog offers a gorilla’s-eye view of the Nyamuragira eruption with some pictures of lava fountain activity taken from the Gorilla Sector of Virunga National Park.
Congo receives help from space after volcano eruption – ESA news release, 22 January 2010
Global Volcanism Program: Nyamuragira – summary information for Nyamuragira (0203-02=)