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  • Lake Kivu Lake Side
    Lake Kivu Lake Side
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  • and then the lava came...
    and then the lava came...
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  • examining the the lava river
    examining the the lava river
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    Where the lava meets Lake Kivu

    by Bonobo2005 Updated Jun 12, 2003

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    ...flowing in the lake

    Finally the lavaflow reached Lake Kivu.

    At that time the water temperature increased to 40 degrees Celsius and the water level sank so that the shoreline was extended by 5 meters.

    The Lake still contains a huge poisonous gas deposit that is feared to be released during a next eruption.

    You can visit the point where the lavastone "river" meets the water.

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    Where the lava left Mt. Nyiragongo

    by Bonobo2005 Updated Jun 12, 2003

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    examining the the lava river


    Several villages and a beautiful green landscape were brutally destroyed and replaced by barren stone from the inner earth...

    My trip started where we (me and Modest, my occasional amateur guide) were stopped on our way to the mountain.

    From the road we could see where the lava flowed from the mountain during the first eruption, but we weren't allowed to get closer unless we paid a NP fee, which I didn't.

    Still it would be VERY interesting to do and even climb to the rim; there are apparently some attractive coloured lakes.
    however I have not heard of travelers who did so in recent years...(please tell me if you did).

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    Crack in the earth: the 2nd eruption

    by Bonobo2005 Updated Jun 12, 2003

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    the crack

    In the middle of a banana plantation, you can see the crack where the 2nd stream of lava was pushed out of the earth.

    It was this flow that eventually reached Goma and destroyed part of it.

    Nearby you pass some UN-camps with displaced people. Some women sell fresh food like tomatoes along the road. Why not buy some to give away later?!

    Take care of your shoes!

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    Visit the airport!

    by Bonobo2005 Updated Jun 12, 2003

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    the airport is still in use

    Next stop could be the airport. The lava passed here as well and ruined part of it, but the airstrip and the planes were still intact.

    Don't enter at the main gate (it's a restricted, whatever it means) but walk further along the road and discover that people actually cross the airstrip all the time paying a small fee to the attendant.

    On the other side, between the airstrip and the lava, there's a small strip of remaining neighbourhood.

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    See how people build up their lives again

    by Bonobo2005 Updated Jun 12, 2003

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    new house on lava

    14 villages and about 15000 houses were destroyed by the immense power of the "fireriver" and the accompanying earthquakes.

    Many families live in newly build houses outside town financed by aid organisations, but many of them have preferred to return.

    The lavastone, sometimes huge rough rocks, sometimes looking like pudding, has to be levelled, mostly by hand, before a new house can be build. A pile of stones marks the owners property.

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    Take a walk to the town centre

    by Bonobo2005 Updated Jun 12, 2003

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    see the fence from the top

    You can follow the stream all the way from the airport to the towncentre.

    You willl pass a former area with larger compounds, where only frames of cars and rusty fences are signs of former wealth.

    It's all covered by a 2, 3 meters thick rocky mess.

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    Houses on the edge of the lavaflow

    by Bonobo2005 Updated Jun 12, 2003

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    and then the lava came...

    On the edges of the lavastream houses are still intact enough to live in, although their views changed considerably.

    I found it amazing to see how the people of Goma managed to adapt and re-organise their lives in circumstances like that.

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    Towards Lake Kivu

    by Bonobo2005 Updated Jun 12, 2003

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    Lake Kivu Lake Side

    Although very few of the former Lakeside establishments remain, the walk from town towards lake following the new road is very impressive.

    Efforts have been made to level the lava on the way to the lake, so that it can be used as a road.

    I visited several volcanoes with different grades of activity before, but never saw it's destructive powers in a way like this.

    The landscapes that it created are amongst the most bizarre I've ever seen...

    Let's hope the people of Goma, will finally reach a life without natural disasters and equally disastrous effects of political struggle!

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