“Intense activity” on the Nyiragongo volcano in DR Congo

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Nyiragongo volcano crater | INQUIRER.net file photo

GOMA, DR Congo – Volcanologists in the Democratic Republic of the Congo reported “intense activity” on the active volcano Nyiragongo in the east of the country on Friday, where an eruption in May killed 32 people.

“In addition to activity in the central crater of Nyiragongo, intense volcanic earthquake activity can be observed on the southern slopes,” Adalbert Muhindo, director of the Goma Volcanic Observatory (OVG), said in a statement.

Temperatures reached 400 degrees Celsius (750 degrees Fahrenheit) in some places, as the volcano emitted sulfur dioxide and smoke and carbon dioxide readings rose, he added.

After having received reports of ash fall from the local population, the OVG asked the inhabitants of Goma and the Rwandan town of Gisenyi “to observe strict hygiene measures and avoid ‘ingest rainwater’.

However, the OVG has not increased the alert level of the volcano compared to its existing yellow rating.

The Nyiragongo eruption of May 22 killed 32 people and destroyed hundreds of houses in Goma.

On September 26, the volcano’s crater filled with lava.

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