Nyiragongo volcano update: Volcanic crisis continues, easing slowly, while possible cholera outbreaks add to worries
It can only be hoped that the suspected (and likely) magma intrusion underneath will simply stop and eventually cool without breaking towards the surface and cause an eruption.
At any rate, it would be too early to call the volcanic crisis be over: "earthquakes and ground deformation data continue to indicate the presence of magma under the urban area of Goma with an extension under Lake Kivu", according the the latest update of the dedicated site of Belgium's Royal Museum for Central Africa.
According to the latest data, the seismic and GPS deformation data suggest that the magma intrusion at depth has either halted, paused or at least shifted to (less worrying) locations towards the north, according to the institute's update. Whether deformation is occurring at the floor of Lake Kivu itself is unfortunately impossible to detect at the moment.
More measurements are on the way and will allow scientists in the near future to better evaluate the situation, hopefully allowing the displaced people from large parts of Goma to return safely.
In the meanwhile, the human situation of people on the ground remains very difficult. More than 230,000 displaced people are crowding neighboring towns and villages. Lack of clean water, food and medical supplies, as well electricity in parts of Goma, are creating catastrophic conditions in many places. To add to all this misery, health authorities are worried about outbreaks of cholera - at least 35 suspected cases have been found so far.
Plus de 230 000 personnes sont toujours déplacées suite à l'éruption du volcan Nyiragongo en République démocratique du Congo.Les humanitaires sont mobilisés & la réponse s'intensifie alors que 35 cas suspects de choléra ont été identifiés.Le pointhttps://t.co/aAC6NLhEI9 pic.twitter.com/YLQvb9wUPN— ONU humanitaire (@UNOCHA_fr) June 1, 2021