Karthala volcano erupts (Comoros Islands, Indian Ocean)
mardi avril 19, 2005 00:29 | AUTEUR : TOM PFEIFFER
Karthala volcano, a shield volcano on Grande Comore, the largest of the Comoros Islands, 300 km off the east coast of Africa, began to erupt on April 17th.
An estimated number of several thousands are reported to have evacuated Karthala's southern flank, the most affected zone, normally home to 10,000 and moved into the capital Moroni on the west coast of Grande Comore, about 9 miles from Karthala's crater. Most of the area appeared to have been evacuated by Monday afternoon. There are no reports of fatalities.
About 100 years ago, a toxic gas cloud released from the volcano, killed 17 people,- an event that is still present in the memory and local people are afraid that of a repetition of this hazard. So far, no dangerous gas emissions have manifested themselves in the eruption.
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