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Thousands Flee Volcano in Congo

January 18, 2002|Associated Press

GOMA, Congo — A volcano in eastern Congo erupted Thursday, sending out plumes of ash and three rivers of lava that destroyed 14 villages near the Rwandan border and drove thousands from their homes.

The sky around Mt. Nyiragongo began glowing red, and ash fell on the nearby town of Goma before dawn Thursday. Three lava flows were detected, two coming down the mountain's east side and one down the west.

Most of the people made homeless fled to Goma, 30 miles south of the volcano. Hundreds of others tried to enter neighboring Rwanda but were turned away by border guards.

There were no reports of deaths or injuries.

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