Nyiragongo


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Nyiragongo

(nyē'rägông`gō), active volcano (c.11,400 ft/3,475 m), S VirungaVirunga
, volcanic range of mountains, E Congo, N Rwanda, and SW Uganda, central Africa, NE of Lake Kivu. It extends along the eastern rim of the Great Rift Valley and separates the basins of the Nile and Congo rivers.
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 range, in E Congo near the Rwanda border, NE of Lake KivuKivu,
lake, 1,042 sq mi (2,699 sq km), 55 mi (89 km) long, on the Congo-Rwanda border, E central Africa; highest lake in Africa (4,788 ft/1,459 m). It is drained by the Ruzizi River, which flows S into Lake Tanganyika.
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 and 12 mi (19 km) N of Goma, in S Virunga National Park. It is Africa's second most active volcano in historic times; the most active is NyamuragiraNyamuragira
or Nyamulagira,
active volcano (11,033 ft/3,058 m), S Virunga range, in E Congo (Kinshasa) near the Rwanda border, N of Lake Kivu and 15 mi (25 km) N of Goma, in S Virunga National Park.
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, NW of Nyiragongo. There are several old craters, easily accessible and noted for their picturesque scenery and flora. Local legends associate the volcano with the place of expiation of guilty souls.

Nyiragongo

 

an active volcano in the Virunga group in Zaïre, north of Lake Kivu. Height, 3,470 m. Nyiragongo is a stratovolcano in the form of a regular truncated cone with a well-like crater about 1 km in diameter, with a molten lava pool at the bottom. There are two older side craters on the northern and southern slopes. The volcano has been active since 1927; its activity is limited to the main crater.

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The Nyiragongo volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a truly amazing sight, but the fact that it is remote and located in a conflict zone makes access complicated.
In 2002, an eruption by Nyiragongo, a volcano much closer to Goma, sent a stream of lava up to a kilometre wide and two metres deep through the centre of the city.
He and other scientists are studying Nyiragongo so they can prepare Goma's citizens to escape the volcano's wrath when it erupts again.
Nyiragongo straddles a giant fault line where the earth's crust is literally breaking apart.
Following the 2002 Nyiragongo eruption, a study was conducted by eminent scientists from the EU.
As well as helping to validate information from different datasets, the satellite images are providing invaluable information about the situation, such as the details about the lava flow and the fact that the Nyiragongo volcano is not showing any signs of abnormal activity," he said.
Church partners estimate that up to half a million people were affected by the eruptions of Mount Nyiragongo in Congo.
17 eruption of Mount Nyiragongo in central Africa swept through the city and changed people's lives.
Last week, the Nyiragongo volcano in the eastern part of the African country -- formerly called Zaire -- erupted, killing about 150 people and affecting some 600,000 others living in and around the town of Goma, according to ministry officials.
Although Mount Nyiragongo, 12 miles north of Goma, erupted on January 17, delivery of relief food was delayed by uncertainty over whether the eruptions would continue and if the city was unsafe.
CONGO: An unpaid scientist studying Congo's Mount Nyiragongo has said he warned international authorities that the volcano was about to erupt more than a week before the city of Goma was engulfed in molten lava.
Hundreds of thousands of people fled from their homes last Thursday when Mount Nyiragongo erupted, destroying 14 villages.