Mount Nyiragongo

Lava Lake of the Nyiragongo Volcano in Virunga National Park in Eastern DRC
Lava Lake of the Nyiragongo Volcano in Virunga National Park in Eastern DRC” by Cai Tjeenk Willink, shared via CC BY-SA 3.0 licence. Click the image for a full size version.

Mount Nyiragongo is a highly active stratovolcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Its last eruption occurred in May 2021, causing widespread damage and displacement of people living nearby. The lava from this volcano is known to flow at an exceptionally high speed, making it one of the most dangerous volcanoes on Earth. The volcano also produces lethal levels of carbon dioxide, known to locals as ‘mazuku‘, and acid rain which has poisoned the nearby village’s drinking water.

Despite its dangers, Mount Nyiragongo remains a popular tourist destination for adventurous travellers seeking thrills and hiking safaris (which I didn’t know was a thing until now).

Volcano related: Cumbre Vieja: an erupting volcano in 4K, NatGeo and social media on the Tonga eruption, and is it possible to stop a volcano?

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