Fear As Authorities Reports Possibility of Third Volcanic Eruption in DR Congo.

"The return of evacuees to their homes cannot be envisaged until all threats are totally eliminated," Muyaya said.
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Volcanic Eruption. | Photo Credit: IFRC

Volcanic Eruption. | Photo Credit: IFRC

During a news conference on Thursday, the military governor of North Kivu province, of DR Congo, General Constant Ndima, Said, "The data from seismic activity indicates the presence of magma beneath the urban area of Goma and beneath the Kivu lake,"  


"Because of this data we cannot exclude another eruption on the earth or under the lake, this could arrive without any warning," he added, urging people to follow the order and warning them to stay away from the lava. "You could die from asphyxiation or suffer serious burns," he said.

People look at a crack on the road caused by earth tremors following the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo volcano near Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on Wednesday, May 26.| Credit: CNN

Patrick Muyaya, a spokesperson for the DRC Ministry for Communication, said 10 Goma neighborhoods that were most at risk were being evacuated on Thursday. These included Majengo, Virunga and Murara.

The ashes emitted into the atmosphere are also dangerous to human health and Muyaya said that residents should be careful when purchasing fruit and vegetables because toxic volcanic dust may have settled on the goods.

There is also a risk of gas exploding from underneath a lake in the area.

"The return of evacuees to their homes cannot be envisaged until all threats are totally eliminated," Muyaya said.