Seismologists Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo have reported 61 earthquakes in a 24-hour period on Saturday around the Mount Nyiragongo volcano, which erupted a week ago.
According to reports prepared for the government by the Goma Volcanic Observatory (GVO), It explains that the volcano’s crater “continues to collapse, which contributed to the earthquake and caused ash emissions visible from Goma.”
The 11,500-foot-high volcano sits around 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Goma, a city with an official population of 670,000, though several NGOs estimate it to be closer to 1 million.
A provincial government spokesperson said around 400,000 people had fled the city as officials warned of a second eruption. The first explosion last Saturday killed at least 31 people.
Since then, the area has experienced a series of earthquakes and tremors, some felt as far away as the Rwandan capital of Kigali, more than 100 km from the volcano in the Virunga National Park.
The report warned that lava flows “can cause asphyxiation, severe burns or death.”
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