Volcanic Eruption Sparks Panic in Goma

The Mount Nyiragongo volcano, located north of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, erupted on May 22, sparking panic among the city’s residents who recalled the volcano’s last eruption in 2002.

This footage from Goma resident Sady Masonga shows an orange glow and dense plumes billowing from the volcano.

Local volcanologist Dario Tedesco said Goma did not appear to be in danger, Reuters reported.

The last eruption, in January 2002, destroyed dozens of homes, killed hundreds of people, and displaced 120,000 Goma residents after the lava flowed into the city. Credit: Sady Masonga via Storyful

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