It is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in Africa: the Nyiragongo erupted on May 27. Vulcanologists are wondering about a possible even more violent explosion, which could release carbon dioxide.

The Nyiragongo volcano (Democratic Republic of the Congo) seems to have calmed down. The earth no longer trembles. There remains this immense lava flow, more than 7 kilometers long, which swept away everything in its path. Scientists were dispatched to find out what happened. The samples taken indicate that the magma was very close to the surface, which explains the sudden eruption. According to Benoît Smets, volcanologist, there is still magma left. “The question is not if there is going to be a new eruption, but when,” he explains.

Life is picking up somehow in the 17 affected villages. 20,000 people lost their homes. They live from hell. “The heat of the lava prevents us from sleeping at night and we have difficulty breathing”, explains a resident. The population lives in a state of permanent alert. I want to try to forget and avoid thinking about all that “, confides a man. The population lacks everything, and especially drinking water.

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