Friday, January 08, 2010


NEYLA CARBALLO has sent us this interesting article.
Virunga volcano erupting, Gorillas not threatened
Taken at 5.48 on 2 January 2010 from Rumangabo park station in Virunga National Park. Copyright
Volcano erupts in Congo gorilla park
January 2010. Mount Nyamulagira, situated in Congo's Virunga National Park and one of Africa's most active volcanoes, erupted in the early hours of 2nd January 2010, according to the Congolese Wildlife Authority. The volcano is 10,033 feet (3,058 metres) high and lies just 15 miles north of the densely populated city of Goma. The eruption started with a huge bang before the lava started being ejected from the crater, according to eye-witness reports from park rangers.
Careful monitoring
"A volcanic eruption in the park is a source of great concern and we are working closely with the relevant authorities to assess the risk and to take appropriate measures. Rangers have been deployed to the area to monitor the flow of lava and will be reporting back hourly," said Emmanuel de Merode, Director of Virunga National Park.
Humans and chimps in danger - Gorillas OK
The Congolese Wildlife Authority's primary concern is the threat to human settlements in this densely populated area. In addition, lava flow is likely to destroy habitat occupied by an endangered population of about 40 chimpanzees and other wildlife that is prevalent on the volcano's lower slopes. Fortunately no mountain gorillas live on the flanks of the Nyamulagira volcano; Congo's 200 critically endangered mountain gorillas live on the flanks of the Mikeno volcano.
"I was woken at 3.45 by a loud bang, which I first thought was the sound of war. I thought there was fighting again near our park station", said Innocent Mburanumwe, warden for the southern sector of Virunga National Park. "Then I saw the mountain was on fire with sparks flying. We could see that we were not in immediate danger here at Rumangabo, but there are many people who live to the south of the volcano, where the lava is heading."
Mount Nyamulagira (also spelled Nyamuragira) is situated in Virunga National Park (North Kivu province) 15 miles (25 kilometers) north of Lake Kivu and the city of Goma (with 600,000 inhabitants) and is 3,058 meters (10,033 feet) high. It is one of the most active volcanoes in Africa, registering over 35 eruptions since 1882. The last eruption was in 2006. It is one of eight volcanoes found on the borders of DR Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. It is a shield volcano, gently sloping in the shape of a flattened dome and built almost exclusively of lava flows.

But Was It Murder?
But was it murder? Is a short novel by Jania Barrell. The story is about a murder mystery. I chose this book because I like detective books to think about how the story will end.
This book focuses on the death of a man, Alex Forley and explains how Detective Inspector Rod Eliot tries to find if Was it murder? And if so, who was the murderer?
The protagonist is Rod Eliot who goes with Jaime Bowen, another policeman, who reports him of a death in Blackheath Village (London). Alex Forley was a rich and handsome white man in his thirties and nobody hates him, so it is difficult to solve the case.
During the investigation Eliot and Bowen ask their neighbours about Forley, but Mr and Mrs Crowther are friends of Alex, they don´t have any reason to kill him. On the other hand, Amanda Grant who was his girlfriend had an argument but it was not an important reason to kill him.
A clue is a gun which was found near the body. In the gun there are only yhe death´s man fingerprints but Eliot discovers that the gun belongs to Mr Crowler, his neighbour. Another clue is that Alex has headaches and visits Philip Wilver, his doctor. The doctor lies about his test results, he tells Alex that he has a brain tumour since Philip knows that Alex is planning to kill himself if his test results show it.
The main reason to the murder is that Alex is having a secret affair with Lisa Wilver, the doctor’s wife and Philip wants to kill Alex.
I like this book very much since the end surprised me because I thought that the murderer was Mrs Crowler.

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