The tremor from a 5.4-magnitude earthquake that jolted the Eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) early Monday was felt strongly in Rwanda, according to the latest update by Rwanda Seismic Monitor.
“The tremor originated from DRC, near Lake Edward. It was felt in different districts of the country including Kigali city,” the agency said.
Earlier this month, the Goma Volcanological Observatory (OVG) in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) confirmed that “current seismic data indicates a movement of magma at shallow depths towards the central crater of Nyamuragira” volcano.
Volcanologists also say they have observed a glow at the top of the Nyamuragira volcano that is caused by a movement of lava at shallow depths towards the central crater of the Nyamuragira volcano, according to the latest data.
Nyamuragira’s last major eruption was in 2011 – its biggest eruption in 100 years.
It is located right in the middle of Virunga national park, which is also home to endangered mountain gorillas.
If a fresh eruption happens, the lava would flow towards the park, the Goma Volcano Observatory warned on Monday evening.
There are currently no threats to the city of Goma, where around 670,000 people live according to UN estimates.