Volcano erupts near Congolese city of Goma

peacekeepers and aid workers, much of the surrounding eastern Congo is also under threat from a myriad of armed groups vying for control of the region’s mineral resources. peacekeeping mission known as MONUSCO tweeted dramatic footage of the city alit, saying it was conducting reconnaissance flights over Goma where it maintains a large base.”The lava doesn’t seem to be headed toward the city of Goma. “Everyone is afraid; people are running away. There was no immediate word on any casualties, but witnesses said that lava already had engulfed one highway that connects Goma with the city of Beni in North Kivu province.Mount Nyiragongo’s last eruption, in 2002, left hundreds dead and coated airport runways in lava. “We are already in a total psychosis,” resident Zacharie Paluku told The Associated Press. While Goma is home to many U.N. We really don’t know what to do.”

Two people are seen silhouetted against a night sky turned red by the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo in Goma, Congo, Saturday, May 22, 2021. “We were eating when a friend of dad’s called him on the phone and told him to go and look outside,” said Mbulayi, who was still a child the last time the volcano erupted. The two volcanos are located about 13 kilometers (8.1 miles) apart.Volcanologist Charles Balagizi said the observatory’s report was based on the direction in which the lava appeared to be flowing, which was toward Rwanda rather than Goma.Goma sits along the border between Congo and neighboring Rwanda, and is a regional hub for many humanitarian agencies in the region, as well as the U.N. We remain on alert,” it said.Some sought refuge aboard boats on Lake Kivu, while others fled to Mount Goma, the highest point in the metropolitan area. peacekeeping mission known as MONUSCO.The volcano erupting is also close the Virunga National Park, home to some of the last mountain gorillas in the world. Justin Kabumba / AP

The lack of immediate announcements from authorities and conflicting accounts circulating on social media only added to the sense of chaos in Goma.Authorities at the Goma Volcano Observatory initially said it was the nearby Nyamulagira volcano that had erupted. still can’t visit home

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Rwandan immigration authorities reported that some 3,000 people already had officially crossed over from Congo to escape the volcano’s eruption, according to the national broadcaster. Justin Kabumba / AP

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi said he would be returning home on Sunday from Europe earlier than planned in order to help coordinate relief efforts.The government said an evacuation plan was being activated, but the official announcement came several hours after the sky turned a fiery red, and many already had fled on foot in hopes of crossing the Rwandan border post just outside town. Trending News

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Volcano erupts near Congolese city of Goma

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Many Europeans who work in the U.S. Dorcas Mbulayi left her home about an hour after the volcano first showed signs of erupting. Car horns honked and motorcycle taxis weaved as people attempted to escape in panic. “Dad told us that the volcano was erupting and that we were going to go to Mount Goma to escape the lava of the volcano.”She also blamed authorities “for not informing us in time about the possible volcanic eruption.”

People flee as the night sky is turned red by the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo, in Goma, Congo, Saturday, May 22, 2021. More than 100,000 people were left homeless in the aftermath, adding to the fear in Goma on Saturday night. Volcano erupts near Congolese city of Goma

May 23, 2021 / 6:50 AM
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Congo’s Mount Nyiragongo erupted for the first time in nearly two decades Saturday, turning the night sky a fiery red and sending lava onto a major highway as panicked residents tried to flee Goma, a city of nearly 2 million. Congolese people carry their belongings as they flee from Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), after the Nyiragongo volcano erupted, at the border point known as “Petite Barriere” in Gisenyi, Rwanda, on May 23, 2021. SIMON WOHLFAHRT/AFP via Getty Images

The U.N. First published on May 22, 2021 / 10:44 PM

Volcano erupts near Congolese city of Goma

“We were eating when a friend of dad’s called him on the phone and told him to go and look outside,” said Mbulayi, who was still a child the last time the volcano erupted. Trending News

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Volcano erupts near Congolese city of Goma

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Many Europeans who work in the U.S. We remain on alert,” it said.Some sought refuge aboard boats on Lake Kivu, while others fled to Mount Goma, the highest point in the metropolitan area. More than 100,000 people were left homeless in the aftermath, adding to the fear in Goma on Saturday night. The two volcanos are located about 13 kilometers (8.1 miles) apart.Volcanologist Charles Balagizi said the observatory’s report was based on the direction in which the lava appeared to be flowing, which was toward Rwanda rather than Goma.Goma sits along the border between Congo and neighboring Rwanda, and is a regional hub for many humanitarian agencies in the region, as well as the U.N. peacekeepers and aid workers, much of the surrounding eastern Congo is also under threat from a myriad of armed groups vying for control of the region’s mineral resources. SIMON WOHLFAHRT/AFP via Getty Images

The U.N. We really don’t know what to do.”

Two people are seen silhouetted against a night sky turned red by the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo in Goma, Congo, Saturday, May 22, 2021. There was no immediate word on any casualties, but witnesses said that lava already had engulfed one highway that connects Goma with the city of Beni in North Kivu province.Mount Nyiragongo’s last eruption, in 2002, left hundreds dead and coated airport runways in lava. Car horns honked and motorcycle taxis weaved as people attempted to escape in panic. Congolese people carry their belongings as they flee from Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), after the Nyiragongo volcano erupted, at the border point known as “Petite Barriere” in Gisenyi, Rwanda, on May 23, 2021. still can’t visit home

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Rwandan immigration authorities reported that some 3,000 people already had officially crossed over from Congo to escape the volcano’s eruption, according to the national broadcaster. First published on May 22, 2021 / 10:44 PM peacekeeping mission known as MONUSCO tweeted dramatic footage of the city alit, saying it was conducting reconnaissance flights over Goma where it maintains a large base.”The lava doesn’t seem to be headed toward the city of Goma. “Dad told us that the volcano was erupting and that we were going to go to Mount Goma to escape the lava of the volcano.”She also blamed authorities “for not informing us in time about the possible volcanic eruption.”

People flee as the night sky is turned red by the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo, in Goma, Congo, Saturday, May 22, 2021. Dorcas Mbulayi left her home about an hour after the volcano first showed signs of erupting. Justin Kabumba / AP

The lack of immediate announcements from authorities and conflicting accounts circulating on social media only added to the sense of chaos in Goma.Authorities at the Goma Volcano Observatory initially said it was the nearby Nyamulagira volcano that had erupted. While Goma is home to many U.N. peacekeeping mission known as MONUSCO.The volcano erupting is also close the Virunga National Park, home to some of the last mountain gorillas in the world. “We are already in a total psychosis,” resident Zacharie Paluku told The Associated Press. “Everyone is afraid; people are running away. Justin Kabumba / AP

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi said he would be returning home on Sunday from Europe earlier than planned in order to help coordinate relief efforts.The government said an evacuation plan was being activated, but the official announcement came several hours after the sky turned a fiery red, and many already had fled on foot in hopes of crossing the Rwandan border post just outside town. Volcano erupts near Congolese city of Goma

May 23, 2021 / 6:50 AM
/ AP

Congo’s Mount Nyiragongo erupted for the first time in nearly two decades Saturday, turning the night sky a fiery red and sending lava onto a major highway as panicked residents tried to flee Goma, a city of nearly 2 million.