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Friday, November 18, 2011

Nyamuragira volcano erupts

nyamuragira volcano
Nyamuragira is an active volcano in the Virunga Mountains of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, situated about 25 km north of Lake Kivu.

It has been described as Africa's most active volcano and has erupted over 40 times since 1885. As well as eruptions from the summit, there have been numerous eruptions from the flanks of the volcano, creating new smaller volcanoes that have lasted only for a short time.

The latest eruption at Nyamuragira, which occurred on the 6th of November, was stated to be the "largest one in 100 years" according to the media, arguably, perhaps it is rather one of the most accessible and beautiful ones. The eruption continues into the second week. The Virunga National Park in Goma offers guided overnight treks to see the eruption of the volcano from close.

Nyamuragira eruption.

It seems that lava fountains are still active and reach 200-300 m in height and have already built up a sizeable, probably a 100 m high flank cone.

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