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Democratic Republic of Congo hit with 61 earthquakes in a day following volcano eruption

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The main points have been outlined in a each day report ready for the federal government by the Goma Volcanic Observatory (GVO), and seen by CNN. It defined that the volcano’s crater “continues to break down, which contributed to the earthquake and brought on ash emissions seen from Goma.”

The 11,500-foot-high volcano sits round 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Goma, a metropolis with an official inhabitants of 670,000, although a number of NGOs estimate it to be nearer to 1 million.

A provincial authorities spokesperson mentioned Friday that round 400,000 individuals had fled the town as officers warned of a second eruption. The first explosion final Saturday killed not less than 31 individuals.

Since then, the world has skilled a collection of earthquakes and tremors, some felt as far-off because the Rwandan capital of Kigali, greater than 100 km from the volcano within the Virunga Nationwide Park.

The report warned that lava flows “could cause asphyxiation, extreme burns or demise.”

It laid out 4 doable eventualities, the most effective case being that the earthquakes cease and that no second eruption happens.

But it surely additionally warned that as magma continued to maneuver by means of a fissure towards Lake Kivu, there was a chance of a limnic eruption, the place an eruption below the lake might trigger it to ship particles flying and emit poisonous fuel. That could possibly be a worst-case state of affairs.

“If lava erupts within the Kivu River, maintain a substantial distance away, because the explosions might produce harmful ballistics,” the report mentioned.

A volcanic eruption, landslide or massive earthquake might destabilize the lake’s deep waters and emit dissolved gases.

Gasoline emissions are prone to grow to be extra frequent within the coming months anyway due to the rise in quantity of underground magma.

Fissures might launch deadly concentrations of gases, the report mentioned, urging individuals to remain away and supervise kids in low-lying areas.

The report added that folks ought to take precautions in utilizing water for consuming and washing greens as volcanic ash might have contaminated tanks.

Larry Madowo reported from Goma, Martin Goillandeau, Sarah Dean and Angela Dewan reported from London.

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