Monday, November 14, 2011

Nyamuragira Eruption Biggest In Last Century

Democratic Republic of Congo, Nyamuragira - Virunga National Park

Nyamuragira's new eruption has been called by scientists the "biggest eruption of the volcano within the last century" after a 1km long fissure erupted last week. The eruption was preceded by many tectonic quakes, and has also shaken nearby Nyiragongo volcano, which is far more destructive than its neighbor. Scientists state that the Nyamuragira eruption poses little to no threat to the dwindling population of lowland mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park, or nearby Goma, but worry that tectonic activity may stir an eruption at Nyiragongo, which would turn out to be quite worrisome.

The below video shows the now cone-like eruptive center (this is very similar to the fissure that opened up at Icelands Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010), and has a great interview with a local volcanologist describing the current eruption, and concerns about Nyiragongo volcano.

This is one of those eruptions that is truly a spectacular site to behold, with persistent lava fountaining, and slow moving lava flows. Enjoy the video!

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