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Double trouble: Volcanic eruption leads to strong earthquake eight months later

6/6/2016

 In January 2002, Nyiragongo Volcano erupted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing more than 100 people. Eight months later and 19 kilometers to the south, a magnitude-6.2 earthquake shook the Lake Kivu region, partially destroying the town of Kalehe. Now, scientists have determined that the two events were linked, and their results highlight a newly observed trigger for strong earthquakes near active volcanoes.

“When you have two events strike the same area within a few months of each other, you have to wonder if they’re linked in some way,” says Christelle Wauthier, a geophysicist at Penn State University and lead author of the new study published in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems.  More

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