AGI – volcano eruption Nyiragongo volcano that covered Goma’s sky with red smoke, In eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. A real migration to neighboring Rwanda is underway. The most recent eruption of the volcano, on January 17, 2002, killed more than 100 people and covered nearly all of eastern Goma with lava, including half of the airport runway. General Constant Ndima called for calm and said that “checks are underway and citizens must follow the instructions of the Civil Protection Units.”
The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo “sent a helicopter over the area and confirmed the eruption of the volcano, but the lava was flowing towards Rwanda.”
The mission, known by its French acronym Monusco, said it had bases in Goma. Electricity was cut off in most parts of the city and hundreds of residents began making their way from the southern end of the city to the neighboring border post with Rwanda, while others headed west to Sake, in the neighboring Congolese region of Masisi.
The biggest eruption of the 3,000-meter-high volcano was in 1977When more than 600 people died. Goma is located on the south side of the mountain and overlooks Lake Kivu. The region in North Kivu province, which borders Rwanda and Uganda, has six volcanoes, all of which are more than 3,000 meters high.