Nyiragongo Volcano in Congo DRC Erupts

Sunday, 23 May 2021

The active Nyiragongo Volcano overlooking the town of Goma, close to the border of Congo DRC and Rwanda has been erupting.

I climbed the volcano back in 2011 and visited the gorillas in the nearby Virunga National Park.

▲ The eruption reports indicated that the lava was heading towards the Goma airport, en route to the town itself. The airport is a plane-spotters delight, littered with decaying aircraft like this DC8. I flew into Goma from Kisangani on a Hewa Bora Boeing 727, it wouldn’t make too many more flights, 10 days later it crashed in what would be the worst airline disaster anywhere in the world in 2011