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Record 92 earthquakes and earthquakes in 24 hours around Mount Nyiragongo volcano in Congo


The Democratic Republic of the Congo recorded 92 earthquakes in the past 24 hours, around Mount Nyiragongo volcano, which erupted to a height of 11,500 feet for the first time last Saturday, and the volcano killed at least 31 people, since then and after that the region has witnessed a series of earthquakes and tremors. Some are as far away as the Rwandan capital, Kigali, 65 miles from the volcano in Virunga National Park, according to CNN.



North Kivu Governor Konstant Ndima said: "There have been 92 earthquakes and tremors in the past 24 hours. People felt only 4, and the rest were only picked up with tools."


This comes as CNN captured stunning new aerial photos of the Mount Nyiragongo volcano crater during a helicopter flight on Sunday morning. 


Dario Tedesco, a volcanologist who has been surveying the volcano, said that the rift in regional faults continues to contribute to the earthquake activity.

Tedesco said plumes of light gray ash emerging from the crater, seen in CNN footage, indicated that the crater floor was collapsing.


He continued, "The upper part that was frozen is now dropping .. It is gently, and it does not enter violently, and there is no need to worry."


He said it was the black ash that indicated an explosion, so the gray ash posed no imminent danger.


Tedesco, who has been studying the volcano since 1995, told CNN that the volcano had passed the peak of seismic activity, but he could not rule out the possibility of another eruption, and emphasized that the team needed a few more days to determine whether it was safe for people to return home.


About 400,000 people had been evacuated from the "red zones" in Goma and the surrounding areas, which are located on the edge of Lake Kivu on the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo with Rwanda.


 According to official projections from the United Nations and the World Bank, the city is home to around 670,000 people, however, a number of NGOs in the area say the population is approaching one million.


"Let us be patient, this is the most important thing," Tedesco warned of people returning home. "We don't need to rush."

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