Security Alert #5: Volcanic Eruption of Mount Nyiragongo, U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, DRC

Location: Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Event: Earthquakes and seismic activity, including the release of harmful gases from fissures, continue as a result of the May 22 eruption of Mount Nyiragongo.  There are reports of damage from the earthquakes throughout the city, including of buildings and streets.  Remain vigilant, monitor local media, and follow instructions of local authorities.  Avoid all areas considered “Red Zones” by local authorities.  U.S. citizens who feel unsafe should consider departing Goma.

Goma Airport remains closed until further notice per DRC Civil Aviation authorities.  Ferries are operating as normal between Goma and Bukavu.  The road to Sake remains open.

The border between Goma and Rwanda remains open at this time.  U.S. citizens who plan to cross and travel beyond Gisenyi should contact for guidance and assistance.  COVID-19 test location information is available on Embassy Kinshasa’s COVID-19 page.

U.S. citizens in the area are encouraged to report their whereabouts and requests for assistance to the U.S. Embassy at if they have not already done so.

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor local media and official government channels.
  • Follow instructions of local authorities, including avoiding all “Red Zones.”
  • Do not go toward the volcano or areas affected by lava flows for photos or any reason.