Watching the volcanoes in Congo 20 February 2010Posted by admin in Africa, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Nyamuragira, Nyiragongo, volcano monitoring.
Tags: Democratic Republic of Congo, Goma Volcanological Observatory, Nyamuragira, Nyiragongo, volcano monitoring
Volcanic neighbours Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been restless lately: Nyiragongo produced thermal anomalies (probably from lava lake activity) and a diffuse plume at the end of January, while Nyamuragira began the new year with a sizeable and dramatic eruption.
The city of Goma (estimated population 1 million) lies in the shadow of Nyiragongo. It’s the task of the Goma Volcanological Observatory to monitor these active volcanoes and keep the surrounding population and the wider world informed as to what they are up to – a task made no easier by the various problems of war, population dislocation and economic difficulty that beset this part of Africa, and by the problems in getting the money and equipment they need to do their vital work effectively.
Today IRIN, the humanitarian news and analysis service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, has published an article about the work of the Goma Volcanological Observatory: ‘DRC: watching the volcanoes’ (the report can also be found at Brunei.fm). The more that is known about the work of the Goma observatory, and the more support it receives, the better.