December 9, 2022

On August 21, 1986, there was a horrific explosion in Africa that the indigenous people never imagined. So what is the secret of this explosion?

An explosion in the African nation of Cameroon’s Lake Nyos has claimed the lives of thousands of people and animals. Although the cause of the explosion could not be agreed upon in the early days of the incident, it was discovered later.

The explosion resulted in the sudden release of 100,000-300,000 tons (1.6 million tons according to some sources) of carbon dioxide (CO2). Because of this, a large gas cloud that has officially emerged has caused a disaster in the Lake District. So let’s take a look at the history of this event.

The gas cloud initially rose 100 kilometers, then descended as it became heavier than air.

Mysterious Cloud Killing People Africa

Some archaeologists believe that this gas cloud may have formed as a result of a landslide. Some people suspected that it was an earthquake, but the villagers said that they did not feel the shaking in the morning of the incident. So that possibility was shelved. After all, experts ultimately agreed that it was a volcanic eruption. Because people who came to the area to investigate found that the gas in the lake water samples contained carbon dioxide, which contained methane and helium, important evidence that the explosion originated from a volcano.

When iron-rich water rises from the bottom of the lake and combines with oxygen (oxidizes), the gas formed dyes the lake red, as shown above. Interestingly, after the gas problem, the lake water level dropped by about 1 meter, and the trees around the lake suddenly started to fall. Some even claim to have released about 1.2 meters of gas.