Nyiragongo (also spelled Niragongo), one of the world's most beautiful and active volcanoes, is a large stratovolcano near Lake Kivu at the eastern border of DRCongo with Rwanda in the Virunga National Park.
It has a 1.2 km diameter summit caldera containing the world's most active and largest lava lake.
Nyiragongo is infamous for its extremely fluid lava that runs as water when the lava lake drains. On January 17, 2002, Nyiragongo erupted and the lava lake drained from fissures on its western flanks. The city centre of the Goma town, the capital of the East Virunga province, had been destroyed by voluninous lava flows. 200,000 people were left homeless, adding to the human desaster caused by frequent civil wars.
The following message from the Virunga Park suggests that both Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira are very active at the moment: ...more
" As far as i can see from my window (with a view from the volcano, nothing has changed. The Nyiragongo is always active and the Nyamulagira has been active since Nov last year. both of them have been smoking continuously over the last months. [less]
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