"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


more fissure pictures

This is the big crack in the earth where the lava started flowing after it shot up in the plume over there.

Ben, Oliver, and a Congolese kid climb to the top of the plume.

Mount Mikeno in the distance

Sam, Oliver, and some kids on the crest of the plume.

Yours truly with Nyiragongo -- the source of the lava flow -- in the distance. These lava chambers run under all of Goma, meaning fissures like this could happen anywhere the next time Nyira erupts.

This was a pretty good thing to see on Easter. Life comes back.


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