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article imageVolcano In D R Congo Threatens Wildlife And Nearby City

By Christopher Szabo     Jan 3, 2010 in Environment
A volcano in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has erupted endangering the nearby city of Goma and the Virunga National Park, home of endangered species including chimpanzees and mountain gorillas.
Mount Nyamulagira erupted in 2002, when it destroyed much of Goma and threatened the Virunga National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, France24 reports. Goma is also home to thousands of refugees from nearby Rwanda.
Feller Lutaitchirwa, the vice governor of Goma, said the city of 200,000 appeared to be out of harm’s way.
Lutaitchirwa said the lava was heading in the direction of Virunga National Park. Wildlife experts say the critically endangered mountain gorillas are safe as they live further east, but about 40 endangered chimpanzees and other animals living in the area are directly threatened.
The BBC reports that Mount Nyamulagira, which is 3,058m (10,033ft) high, is one of the most active volcanoes in Africa. It has erupted more than 35 times since 1882, the most recent being in 2006.
The BBC warned in a video that if another nearby volcano erupted, it could be fatal to both the mountain gorillas and the inhabitants of Goma.
The Virunga National Park is home to 200 of the world’s 720 mountain gorillas.
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