Since then, the region has experienced earthquakes and tremors, some as close as 65 miles from the volcanoes of Birunga National Park, as far as the capital of Kigali’s Rwandan.
Significant cracks in the ground – some stretching the entire width of the road, others on the walls of the building – have begun to appear. A resident told CNN that some of his neighbors on the heights fled, fearing their house would collapse.
The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued.
“Because of this fact, we can’t rule out another explosion on Earth or in a lake. It could come without warning,” he said, urging people to follow orders and stay away from lava. “You could die of asthma or suffer serious burns,” he said.
The whole neighborhood was evacuated
Goma is the capital of North Kivu Province, located on the banks of the Kivu Lake on the DRC border with Rwanda. According to official estimates from the United Nations, the World Bank and others, the city has a population of about 7,070,000. However, some NGOs in the region say the population will reach 100,000.
Patrick Muaya, spokesman for the DRC ministry for communications, said 10 Goma areas at risk were evacuated on Thursday. These included Majengo, Birunga and Murara.
Muya told a news conference that the region still faces many risks, including the possibility of further earthquakes and a second volcanic eruption.
Emissions from the atmosphere are also dangerous to human health, and Muayya said buyers of fruits and vegetables should be careful as toxic volcanic dust may have settled on goods.
There is also a risk of gas exploding from the bottom of a lake.
“It is unthinkable for them to return home empty-handed until all the dangers are completely eliminated,” Muayya said..
Provincial authorities are working with the national police and armed forces to rescue the refugees, but the sudden exodus of people has caused major disruption to the DRC and Rwanda border.
Muaya said scientists do not have a clear picture of what is happening. The spokesman said the current observation activity was different from that recorded during the previous blast.
He said the aftershocks were “extraordinary”. “We’ve never seen it before, it’s amazing,” he said.
However, he emphasized that recent scientific observations indicate a decrease in the frequency and intensity of earthquakes.
According to volcanologist Dario Tedesco, the volcano cleared up on Sunday.
According to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), the initial blast destroyed at least 900 homes and flattened five schools. This damaged the city’s water and water supply. By Wednesday, electricity had been partially restored, but water supplies were still cut off, an NRC spokesman told CNN.
The NRC, a leading humanitarian organization, says the DRC is going through “the world’s most neglected displacement crisis” since 2 million people in 2000 were forced to flee their homes.
“The deadly combination of spiraling violence, record hunger levels and complete neglect has generated mega-snags that guarantee mega-responses,” NRC Secretary-General John Egeland said in a statement. “But instead, the millions of families on the edge of the abyss seem to have been forgotten by the outside world and no support has been cut off from the lifeline,” he added.
The NRC says one-third of the country’s population – 20 million people – including more than a million children – do not have enough food to feed themselves.
Beckleham Felek and Larry Madovo reported from Sak. Ivana Kottasov reported from London. Edigrid Forumneck, Saskia Bhandurne, George Engels and Lindsay Isaac contributed to the reporting.