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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According to him, part of the measures put in place to manage flooding included construction of Kashimbilla dam designed to contain eventual break of Lake Nyos, reservoirs, artificial lakes and buffers, barriers, irrigation facilities and other structural controls.
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.livescience.com/30602-7-most-dangerous-places-earth-natural-disasters.html) Live Science says , comparing the water to a carbonated beverage.
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.
Nature Shock (8.00pm) 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.
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.
Nature Shock (8.00pm) The mysterious deaths of nearly 2,000 people living on Lake Nyos in north-west Cameroon, severely depleting the populations of three lakeside villages.
NATURE Shock (five, 8pm) 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.