Nature: Volcano Congo
|born on||17 January 2002 at 06:50 (= 06:50 AM )|
|Place||Mt. Nyiragongo, Congo, 1s31, 29e15|
|Timezone||EET h2e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||26°54' 07°23 Asc. 06°19'|
African continent volcanic eruption of Mt. Nyiragongo, with the first eruption at 6:50 AM and the main eruption of lava at 9:30 AM. Most reports agree that it was beginning to emit lava at 5:00 AM but it was 9:30 AM when the main fissure opened.
The mountain near Goma in the Congo sent lava flows that threatened the town. Thousands began to flee as lava actually poured into the city streets at the outskirts, destroying everything in its path. Air Service staff at the airport, that was in the path of the flow, began to expedite a disaster plan with UN staff and U.S. government representative in the area. By nightfall, most
international staff members in the area had departed from Goma, and aircraft were repositioned to other locations to prevent them from being damaged in the event the eruption worsened.
Although the city residents were calm during the afternoon, recent reports indicated that large numbers of people are fleeing the area by foot. Nyiragongo is one of Africa’s most active volcanoes, ten kilometers north of Goma, the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Agence France-Presse reports that the lava flows were up to two metres high. The flow is descending in three tracks and the roads and airport are not usable to traffic. Many refugees of the volcano are fleeing by foot to Rwanda.
By 6:00 PM, the flow was reported to have reached the center of town, cutting the town in two. The lava caused explosions and set fires, destroying whole sections. The lava reached the lake Kivu, carrying contamination of the lake and water system.
In a prior episode, this volcano was a well-known source of concern during the 1994 Rwanda refugee exodus and refugee operation when predictions of an imminent eruption caused agencies to undertake contingency planning to protect or relocate hundreds of thousands of refugees camped on or near the volcano's slopes.
By January 18, Red Cross sources confirmed that between 50- 60,000 people had crossed into Gisenyi and by evening, the number was reported at 300,000. The total population of Goma is estimated at over 500,000. Water and sanitation conditions pose a greater long term threat than that of the immediate danger.
Dorothy Kovach quotes news as it came through