Preliminary report of activity of Nyiragongo volcano, February 29 to March 2, 2016.
Since Monday, February 29, 2016, at about 4 am, we were alerted by the Virunga National Park, station operators and the surrounding population on the Nyiragongo for volcanic rumbling sound every minute over the volcano.
On urgent request of the provincial committee of Security in North Kivu, the team of scientists of the Volcanological Observatory of Goma who sits atop of the crater of Nyiragongo since 1 March 2016 was able to make direct observations of the activity of the volcano lava lake.
Preliminary results of these observations are:
– Appearance of a secondary lava lake on the east side of Nyiragongo crater.
– Weakening of the eastern part and collapses of the platforms, often the cause of rumblings heard by the surrounding population to the volcano
The manifestation of this new active secondary lava lake is in the extension of the fracture that connects the Nyiragongo to its adventitious cone Baruta, in the direction of the Kibumba area.
Nyiragongo volcano is in a phase of intense activity and requires special attention.
This activity is concentrated in the central crater towards the east (towards Kibumba area) where a new secondary lava lake was observed.
The rumor of an eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano has created panic Monday, March 7 in the town of Goma in North Kivu.
Local sources report that the vendors closed their shops while some residents have headed towards Kitshanga in Rutshuru territory.
For their part, the Goma Volcano Observatory scientists ensures that there was no volcanic eruption. They indicate that since 28 February, intense activity is observed in the crater of Nyiragongo.
Scientists at the observatory are asking residents not to panic and go about their normal activities.
They handed Monday afternoon to vice governor of North Kivu, Feller Lutahichirwa a report on the activity of the Nyiragongo volcano.
The last eruption of this volcano occurred in 2002. It had caused enormous damage in the city of Goma, displacing nearly half a million people.
March 09, 2016. Nyiragongo, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Source : OVGGOMA / KASEREKA MAHINDA , SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR OF GVO. Radiookapi.net.
Photos : Georges Kourounis , OVG.