Lake Nyos


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A crater lake in Cameroon which, in 1986, was the site of a massive natural release of CO2 gas from a pocket of magma, which caused the deaths of an estimated 1,700 people and 3,500 livestock. It was the first known large-scale asphyxiation caused by a natural event
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Residents near Lake Nyos in Cameroon are managing the body of water for now, but it is a dangerous place because "a pocket of magma deep below the lake bed leaks carbon dioxide into the lake above," (http://www.
The overall objective of this call is to sustainably improve the living conditions of the population in the Lake Nyos zone.
In the deadlier of the two episodes, at Lake Nyos in 1986, more than 1,700 people were asphyxiated when a cloud of carbon dioxide, which burst from the lake along with a 100-meter fountain of water, spread as far as 25 kilometers from shore.
1986: More than 1700 people were killed when a cloud of gas escaped from Lake Nyos in Cameroon.
00pm) This documentary examines the circumstances surrounding the mysterious deaths of nearly 2,000 people near Lake Nyos in north-west Cameroon, severely depleting the populations of three lakeside villages.
00pm) The mysterious deaths of nearly 2,000 people living on Lake Nyos in north-west Cameroon, severely depleting the populations of three lakeside villages.
THIS extraordinary documentary tells how, more than 20 years ago, hundreds of people who lived by the banks of Lake Nyos in north-west Cameroon dropped dead without any obvious signs of injury or struggle.
This nightmare scenario was brought to life via Cameroon's Lake Nyos in 1986, when a landslide shifting tonnes of rocks into the lake bed resulted in the penetration of gasses, including previously trapped carbon.
Lake Nyos had always been a friend to the people who lived at its shores.
Today, gas is still leaking into the lake from the hot rocks below, but scientists are taking steps so Lake Nyos doesn't blow again.