Panicked residents fled after the Congo volcano erupted
Congo’s Nyiragongo mountain erupted on Saturday for the first time in nearly two decades, turning the night sky into a hot red, and sending lava into a main line when panicked residents tried to flee Goma, which has a population of nearly 2 million. Highway.
The authorities did not issue an evacuation order, and there was no immediate news of casualties.
But eyewitnesses claimed that lava had engulfed a road connecting Goma and Beni, North Kivu.
The last eruption of Nyiragongo Mountain was in 2002, when hundreds of people were killed, and the airport runway was covered with lava.
The authorities of the Goma Volcano Observatory initially stated that the nearby Nyamulagira volcano erupted, which would only add to the chaos.
The two volcanoes are about 13 kilometers apart.
Volcanologist Charles Balagizi said that the observatory’s report is based on the direction of lava flow, which should go to Rwanda instead of Goma.
Located on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and neighboring Rwanda, Goma is a regional hub for humanitarian agencies and the United Nations peacekeeping mission (known as MONUSCO).