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2011-03-22 14:05:00

National Geographic writer Michael Finkel has written a special piece about a team of seismologists and their exploration of the Nyiragongo Volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  The setting of the report lies in its vivid painting of a team passionate about exploring this volcano, which threatens about a million people who live 12 miles south in the city of Goma. Finkel describes the efforts taken to gain a better understanding of Nyiragongo and its future impact on the...

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2010-01-22 11:30:00

On January 2, Mount Nyamulagira in the Democratic Republic of Congo erupted, spewing lava from its southern flank and raising concerns that the 100 000 people in the town of Sake could be under threat. Fears were also triggered in Goma as rumors circulated that an eruption was imminent at the nearby Nyiragongo volcano, which devastated the city in 2002. Following the eruption, scientists and local authorities have been using a long series of space images from ESA's Envisat, together with...

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2010-01-05 07:35:00

The Virunga National Park, home to 200 of the world's 720 mountain gorillas, is in the path of molten hot lava spewing from a volcano that has erupted in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The park is also home to elephants, hippos and buffalo, along with a range of reptiles and birds. It's said lava from Mount Nyamuragira began picking up speed when it hit the steep ground near the national park. The volcano is 22 kilometers from the provincial capital Goma, which it last threatened...

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2009-05-08 10:18:20

Two volcanoes near a major city in eastern Congo have begun showing evidence of intense volcanic activity - tremors, pools of lava and plumes of smoke - causing some residents flee the area, MSNBC reported. Scientists who visited the two volcanic peaks of Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira said on Thursday the volcanoes could be near eruption and would threaten Goma, a city with a population of more than half a million people. Dieudonne Wafula, the head of Goma's Volcanological Observatory, said the...

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2009-03-31 13:10:20

Science and aid agencies said that two volcanoes may erupt in heavily populated eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where years of fighting have already forced a million people from their homes. Scientists in Goma have registered high levels of seismic activity in recent weeks, which is considered an early warning sign of an impending eruption, around the Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira volcanoes. "There is heavy activity around Nyiragongo, but it's more centered on Nyamuragira, around 8 miles...

2009-03-13 11:20:18

Nyiragongo, an active African volcano, possesses lava unlike any other in the world, which may point toward its source being a new mantle plume says a University of Rochester geochemist. The lava composition indicates that a mantle plume"”an upwelling of intense heat from near the core of the Earth"”may be bubbling to life beneath the soil of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The findings are presented in the current issue of the journal Chemical Geology."This is the most...


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Mount Nyiragongo
2014-08-28 11:22:30

Mount Nyiragongo is an active stratovolcano that is located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This volcano is part of the Virunga Mountains and is located in Virunga National Park. It reaches an elevation of 11,385 feet and has a crater that reaches 1.2 miles in width. This crater typically holds a lava lake that has varied between 2,000 and 10,660 feet in depth. It is not known how long this volcano has been active, but at least 34 eruptions have been recorded since 1882. Mount...

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'