In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano, which is located on the border with Rwanda, has begun, the Rwandan broadcaster RBA reports, citing eyewitnesses.
The eruption is visible from the town of Rubavu, near the border with the DRC. According to Agence France-Presse, flashes of light from the volcano’s crater are also visible from the Congolese city of Goma.
Eyewitnesses smell sulfur. There is no information about the lava flows yet. According to the agency, the power supply in the city is cut off. Some residents began to leave their homes and head towards the border with Rwanda. The Nyiragongo volcano, located 20 kilometers north of Lake Kivu, is one of eight in the area. A quarter of a century ago, its activity led to mass deaths when lava flows from the slopes rushed to nearby settlements at a speed of 60 kilometers per hour.