DRC plots tourism eruption after volcano blows top

Virunga National Park is inviting tourists on an overnight trek to a see spectacular eruptions of Mount Nyamulagira in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The volcano began erupting November 6 and has several lava fountains spewing up to 200m into the air.

On Monday the park, a World Heritage site, said rivers of incandescent lava were flowing slowly north into an uninhabited part of the park and posed no danger to its critically endangered mountain gorillas.

The park has set up a camp in a safe area close to Nyamulagira, sometimes called Nyamuragira, where visitors can spend the night.

The eruption could last days, or months.

An eruption of nearby Mount Nyiragongo in 2002 destroyed most of Goma city and forced 350 000 residents to flee.—Sapa-AP

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