Volcano erupts but gorillas ok

BBC report today

 Lava from a volcano in a sparsely populated area of the Democratic Republic of Congo is threatening rare chimpanzees, wildlife officials say.

Mount Nyamulagira, 25km (16 miles) from the eastern city of Goma, erupted at dawn on Saturday, sending lava into the surrounding Virunga National Park.

About 40 endangered chimpanzees and other animals live in the area.

But the country’s famous critically endangered mountain gorillas are said to be safe as they live further east.

Nyamulagira volcano eruption congo

Innocent, Director of the southern sector of the Virunga National Park says the chances of the lava reaching people is remote and provides further news on the Virunga blog .

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2 Comments

  1. Jim from Mass USA
    Posted January 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Please keep away from Lake Kivu until things settle down. Kivu is an “exploding lake” and tremors could cause the vast amounts of methane and carbon dioxide (CO2) to bubble to the surface and smother life around the lake. See:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Kivu

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limnic_eruption

    Happy New Year! I wish you a vey prosperous 2010!

    ~Jim

  2. Annie
    Posted January 4, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Praying that all the animals will use their instincts to go to safety! Please send another update….CNN said lava was threatening the gorillas………so worried! Take care all!

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