On Saturday, May 29, the Democratic Republic of the Congo reported 61 earthquakes in a 24-hour period.
Seismologists believe the earthquake was caused by volcanic explosions near Mount Nyiragongo, which erupted a week ago.
The 11,500-foot-high volcano is located around 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Goma, a city with a population of 670,000 people.
The Goma Volcanic Observatory (GVO) stated in a daily report issued for the DRC government that the volcano’s crater “continues to collapse, which contributed to the earthquake and created ash emissions visible from Goma.”
Around 400,000 people had fled the city, according to the DRC government, as officials warned of a second eruption.
Last Saturday, at least 31 people were murdered in the initial explosion. Since then, the area has been subjected to several earthquakes and tremors.
According to the article, lava flows “may inflict asphyxiation, serious burns, or death.”
The report outlined four possible outcomes, the best of which is that the earthquakes stop and no second eruption occurs.
Another conceivable scenario, according to the research, is that as magma continues to migrate via a crack toward Lake Kivu, there is a risk of a limnic eruption, in which an eruption beneath the lake might send debris flying and produce toxic gas. That may be the worst-case situation.
“If lava erupts in the Kivu River, remain a safe distance away because the explosions could produce lethal ballistics,” according to the study.
“Fissures could unleash dangerous amounts of gases,” the report said, encouraging people to avoid the region and to keep youngsters under supervision in low-lying locations.
According to the article, residents should use caution when drinking and washing vegetables because volcanic ash may have contaminated tanks.