Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Earthquakes at the Congo border raise fears of second volcanic eruption

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo – A magnitude 5.3 earthquake shook the border between Rwanda and Congo on Tuesday morning, the Rwandan Seismic Monitor said it was concerned about a new eruption after one on Saturday in which at least 32 people is dead.

On Saturday, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Mount Nyiragongo, one of the world’s most active and dangerous volcanoes, erupted and sent a river of lava down to Goma, a city of about two million people.

The area has since experienced repeated tremors, and it looks like the lava lake in the crater of the volcano has been refilled, sparking fears of new fissures or another eruption, the United Nations refugee agency said.

According to Reuters, the quake collapsed several buildings in Goma, although it was not yet clear if there were any victims as police sealed off the area.

According to the Rwanda Seismic Monitor, which is managed by the Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board, the quake struck at 11:03 local time in the Rugerero sector in western Rwanda.

Reuters reporters emerged in Goma on the last day with several rifts in the earth, although businesses reopened across the city, and life seems to be normal for those who have not lost their homes.

About 1,000 homes were destroyed and more than 5,000 people were displaced by the eruption, the United Nations said.

The lava flow stopped a few hundred meters from the city limits, but destroyed 17 towns along the way, cut off the mainstream supply and blocked a major road, disrupting the delivery of aid to one of the most food-safe places in Africa.

According to the government, a 1.7-kilometer (1.1-mile) stretch of road connecting Goma to the north of the province is covered with lava, impeding the movement of people and goods.

More than half a million people have lost access to safe water as lava destroyed one of the most important water sources, the International Federation of the Red Cross said in a statement.

“Although the flow of lava has stopped, authorities have warned that the danger is not over yet and that seismic activities in the area could cause further lava flows. “The damage to infrastructure is not ruled out,” the IFRC said.

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