Nyiragongo nyē˝rägông´gō [key], active volcano (c.11,400 ft/3,475 m), S Virunga range, in E Congo near the Rwanda border, NE of Lake Kivu and 12 mi (19 km) N of Goma, in S Virunga National Park. It is Africa's second most active volcano in historic times; the most active is Nyamuragira , NW of Nyiragongo. There are several old craters, easily accessible and noted for their picturesque scenery and flora. Local legends associate the volcano with the place of expiation of guilty souls.
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