The 11,500-foot-tall volcano erupted for the first time last Saturday. As a result, at least 31 people have died since then. The area has also experienced several earthquakes and tremors. which some feel is far from Rwanda’s capital Kigali. 65 miles from the volcano in Virunga National Park.
“There have been 92 earthquakes and tremors in the last 24 hours, and only four people have been touched. The rest are just pick-up tools,” said North Kivu military governor Constant Ndima.
It happened as CNN captured a surprising new aerial image of Mount Nyiragongo’s crater during a helicopter ride on Sunday morning.
Dario Tedesco, a volcanologist investigating the volcano. told CNN that Rifts in regional faults continue to contribute to earthquakes.
Tedesco said the light gray ash coming out of the crater seen in CNN news images indicated the crater was collapsing. “The frozen peak is about to fall… Go in softly, not violently, nothing to worry about.” He said it was the black ash that indicates an explosion. Therefore, gray ash does not represent any danger. imminent
Tedesco, who has been studying volcanoes since 1995, told CNN that the volcano has passed the peak of its seismic activity. But he could not rule out the possibility of another eruption. He said the team would need a few more days to determine if people could return home safely.
About 400,000 people were evacuated from the “red zone” in Goma and surrounding areas. Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, sits on the edge of Lake Kivu on the DRC’s border with Rwanda, according to official estimates from the United Nations. The World Bank and others. The city has a population of about 670,000. However, a number of NGOs in the region say It has a population of almost 1 million people.
“Be patient, this is the most important thing. We are in no hurry,” Tedesco warned about the people going home.