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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Lake Nyos disaster, Cameroon, 1986: the medical effects of large scale emission of carbon dioxide?
With new evidence in hand, two U.S.scientists have recently returned from a follow-up study of last year's Lake Nyos disaster in Cameroon, in which the lake had expelled a large cloud of carbon dioxide that spread into surrounding valleys, asphyxiating livestock and killing 1,746 people.
11 on the Lake Nyos disaster that killed at least 1,700 people last August when a gas cloud escaped from the Cameroon lake (SN: 1/17/87, p.36).
Like other catastrophes, the Lake Nyos disaster has had its positive sides.