Frequent earthquakes struck the city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, adding to the anxiety of families still suffering from the consequences of a volcano that erupted over the weekend and destroyed nearby villages and displaced thousands.
Mount Nyiragongo, one of the most active and dangerous volcanoes in the world, erupted last Saturday evening, sending a torrent of lava toward the city of two million people.
The flow of lava stopped hundreds of meters from the city, but it destroyed 17 villages in its path, cut off the main source of electricity and a main road, and disrupted the arrival of aid. A series of small earthquakes shook the city and the surrounding area in the eastern Republic of the Congo and across the border in Rwanda. And 15 people were killed in accidents related to the volcano, and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that about 170 children were among the missing.