Lava-filled cracks may encourage quakes

In 2002, residents of the eastern Congo suffered a one-two punch–a volcanic eruption followed months later by a destructive earthquake. Now researchers say the events might have been related, exposing a new source of seismic hazards in rift zones like East Africa. Learn more in my podcast for Scientific American.

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Both the eruption and the earthquake affected communities around Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Credit: MONUSCO via Flickr)

 

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