DR CONGO / VOLCANO

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06-Jan-2010 00:01:00
Mount Nyamulagira in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo erupts over the weekend sending lava into the surrounding Virunga National Park.

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STORY: DR CONGO / VOLCANO
TRT: 1.00
SOURCE: MONUC
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: NATS

DATELINE: 2 JANUARY 2010, EASTERN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

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1. Wide shot, Nyamuragira Volcano smoking
2. Wide shot, Nyamuragira Volcano spewing lava
3. Wide shot, big splash of lava
4. Various shots, mouth of volcano
5. Various shots, volcano
6. Various shots, lava flows
7. Various shots, forests with lava flowing
8. Wide shot, lava flowing from volcano


STORYLINE:

Following the eruption of a volcano in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country is using its aviation force to help to keep a close eye on lava flow.

Mount Nyamulagira, which sits some 40 kilometres northwest of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, erupted on Saturday, and while it has not affected any people, the lava has spewed into a non-populated area of the Virunga National Park.

The UN mission (MONUC) has put its Indian aviation force and helicopters at the disposal of local authorities, scientists with the Volcanic Observatory of Goma and the National Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) to help monitor volcanic activity.

MONUC said that for now, the population of Goma and its surrounding areas seem to be safe from any lava flow, but that the mission stands ready to provide additional support to officials, who have assured people that the nearby volcano of Nyiragongo will be unaffected by the eruption of Nyamulagira.

The ICCN has expressed concern over the threat posed by the volcanic eruption on Virunga National Park’s ecosystems and wildlife, including the possible migration or death of animals in the site.
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