on 22 May 2021, a flank of mount Nyirangogo erupted and lava began to flow towards the city of Goma about 20 kilometers to the south, which had a population of 2 million people. The DRC GOVERNMENT urged residents of the city to evacuate. The lava flow was estimated to have moved at 1 kilometre per hour (0.62 mph), allowing people time to escape.The lava ultimately stopped at the Buheme district on the northern outskirts of Goma, destroying hundreds of homes and buildings in the area. Despite earlier reports that the lava had flowed into the city and even reached the Goma internationale airport at the south of the city, it was later confirmed that the airport and the built-up area of the city were unaffected. However, the lava flow had crossed the N2 Road, cutting Goma off from the city of Beni to the north.
Around 8,000 people from Goma crossed into Rwanda refuge.stated that there’s a possibility of evacuees returning home to discover their homes destroyed, including shortages of water and power supply. It was officially confirmed by the Rwandan authorities that over 3,000 had crossed into Rwanda from Goma, according to BBC News. Apart from those who fled to Rwanda, another 25,000 people were also said to have fled to the northwest in Sake.
On May 23, after word that the flow towards Goma had ceased, Rwanda’s Emergency Management Ministry reported that refugees who had fled to Rubavu had mostly returned home. The International NGO Safety Organisation noted on May 23 that lava appeared to be flowing towards the Rwandan border and advised humanitarian workers in the northern Goma to move west for safety. DRC Communications Minister Patrick Muyaya stated that seismic tremors continued to be detected and advised vigilance and avoiding non-essential travel.
On 24 May, strong aftershocks shook the city of Goma.
On 25 May, at 11:03 a.m., a 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck in the vicinity, destroying several buildings and raising fears that new fissures in the lava lake or an eruption were forthcoming.
On 27 May, authorities ordered the evacuation of portions of Goma, leading to the departure of tens of thousands of people, due to the risk of further eruption. Ndima Kongba, the military governor of North kivu province, ordered the evacuation of nearly a third of the cities residents, in 10 districts. Kongba stated that magma detected underneath the city and nearby Lake kivu could erupt, raising the possibility of a Limtic eruption in the lake. While residents of Goma fled across the Rwandan border to Gisenyi, some residents of Gisenyi fled east after being shook by repeated tremors, the largest of which was 4.9. Tremors were felt as far away as Kigali the capital of Rwanda, 90 kilometres (56 mi) away.
Pray for Goma