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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A staggering 1,746 people were killed by the lethal gas, including more than 90 per cent of the residents of Nyos.
Lake Nyos is one of only three known lakes in the world to be home to such potentially toxic quantities of carbon dioxide, and therefore potentially susceptible to a deadly limnic eruption, as such incidents are now known.
Young bass players Owen Flanagan, nine, and Bailey Taft, 10, and violinists Tieya Davidson, 10, and Luke Barjoti, 13, are also celebrating the chance to train with the NYOS, who have always been an inspiration to those from Raploch's Big Noise kids.
Mystery: Greg Tanyileke and George Kling probe the deaths at Lake Nyos.
WIPED OUT: Carbon dioxide gas suffocated thousands of people and animals in villages around Lake Nyos.
But Lake Nyos is tropical--its temperature remains constant.
In the meantime the Cameroonian Government is trying to prevent villagers returning to their ancestral lands at Nyos.
If these recharge rates continue, the bottom waters of Nyos will become saturated with CO2 in less than 20 years.
Evans says that finding such a potentspring at the surface lends credence to the possibility that submerged springs are actively supplying Lakes Nyos and Monoun with carbon dioxide.
One volcanologist who has held somewhatdifferent views about the cause of the Lake Nyos cloud is Haroun Tazieff, recently retired from the Center for Weak Radioactivity Research in Gif sur Yvette, France.
Scientists may never know exactly what caused a cloud of gases to escape from Cameroon's Lake Nyos on the evening of Aug.
The more than 1,500 people who perished after a gaseous cloud escaped from Lake Nyos in Cameroon on Aug.