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Monitoring of the January 2010 Nyamulagira eruption, DR Congo

Latest News of the January 2010 Nyamulgagira volcano eruption

Nyamulagira volcano

Nyamulagira (Nyamuragira for the Rwandese name) is a 3058 m high shield volcano located South of the Virunga National Park (North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo). This volcano and the neighbouring Nyiragongo are the two active volcanoes of Virunga, a volcanic province of the western branch of the East African Rift.

Nyamulagira is composed by a 2×2.3 km caldera and more than 100 adventive cones are located along its flanks or in the volcanic plain at its base. This volcano use to erupt every two to four years. The eruptions are characterized by lava fountains building up a pyroclastic cone around the vent, long and fast lava flows, together with the emission of very large amount of SO2.

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