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Lost village. The eruption of Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo saw buildings in several villages — including Bushara, shown here — engulfed in fast-moving lava. Nyiragongo sits on the East African Rift, where two tectonic plates are being pulled apart, allowing molten rock to rise to the surface. On 22 May, parts of the active volcano cracked open without warning, and streams of red-hot lava spilled out. The eruption destroyed houses and health-care centres near the city of Goma, and led to the deaths of more than a dozen people.

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