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Volcanologists capture close-up views of Mount Nyiragongo, DR Congo

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Four volcanologists from DR Congo's Goma Volcano Observatory climbed to the summit of Mount Nyiragongo on June 11, 2021, to take a closer look at the crater after the deadly eruption on May 22.

The team used drones and cameras to assess landslips and monitor the volcano for a potential collapse of the crater, said Christopher Horsley, a technical assistant at the observatory.

"The arrival at the top offers a bird's eye view of the crater, in the process of collapsing on itself, in a low rumble, punctuated by explosions," Horsley said.

"At nightfall, glowing lava residue is still visible at the bottom of the crater."

Mount Nyiragongo on June 11, 2021. Image credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-2, TW

Featured image: Mount Nyiragongo on June 11, 2021. Image credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-2, TW

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