President Félix Tshisekedi hands over two vehicles to the Goma Volcano logical Observatory


Goma, July 3rd, 2021 (CPA).- The Head of State Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo handed over two all-terrain vehicles to the Volcano logical Observatory of Goma (OVG) to ensure the mobility of its staff, during a visit that he carried out on Thursday in this scientific research center, learned the CPA from a source close to the Presidency.

According to the source, President Félix Tshisekedi spoke for more than two hours with the team of scientists responsible for monitoring the Nyiragongo volcano and Lake Kivu.

These teams monitor the Nyiragongo volcano and other sites on a daily basis, and in real time, thanks to 15 seismological stations deployed around them and which return the decrypted information instantly to Goma and in several other seismological centers around the world, explained the Director General of the OVG, Adalbert Muhindo.

« It is not enough, but these equipments are enough to give reliable information », he said, confirming that « the Nyiragongo volcano remains a danger for the city of Goma by the fact of having a lava lake. permanent perched at an altitude of 3500m”.

For OVG experts, OVG samples showed that the 3 major volcanic eruptions that rocked the city of Goma (1977, 2002 and 2021) follow the same trajectory.

At the seismology department, the President of the Republic Félix Tshisekedi was explained the monitoring mechanisms of Lake Kivu and the mapping of sites deemed dangerous in methane gas.

Despite the presence of sophisticated devices for monitoring the volcano and the Lake as well as the proven expertise of its scientists, the OVG is experiencing difficulties in moving agents to the crater.

The staff of the OVG thanked the Head of State for the endowment of these two vehicles and congratulated him at the same time for the option taken in the degassing process at the Kabuno site.

As for additional surveillance equipment, the President of the Republic expects the OVG to make a full report to him, through the Minister of Scientific Research, the source indicates.

As a reminder, between 2002 and 2021, the city of Goma grew from 13 to 70 km2. The fertility of the volcanic soil and the availability of construction material have pushed the population to settle at the foot of the volcano, deplore specialists from the OVG. ACP/NIG