Natural disasters


Mount Nyiragongo volcano is still active. The eruption in 2002 resulted in significant destruction in Goma. Local authorities, the UN and local NGOs continue to monitor the volcano’s activity.


Earthquakes occasionally occur. On 7 August 2015 an earthquake of magnitude 5.6 hit eastern DRC, resulting in a small number of reported deaths and injuries in the town of Bukavu. In 2009 there was an earthquake of magnitude 5.0. To learn more about what to do before, during and after an earthquake, see this advice from the US Federal Emergency Management Agency.