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Space images show extent of congo volcano devastation

New images from three NASA spacecraft chronicle the degree of devastation caused by the January 17th eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano in Congo.

The eruption killed more than 100 people and forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands more. At least 12,000 homes were destroyed in and around Goma, a city of half a million people on the north shore of Lake Kivu.

The images combine data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, or Aster, and Landsat to depict areas affected by the eruption of the approximately 3,469-meter (11,385 foot) volcano. The volcan is one of eight located in the East African Rift Valley on the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. Included are both pre-eruption and post-eruption perspective views, a post-eruption map view and a pre-eruption stereoscopic view (anaglyph). The extent of lava flow is clearly visible in the post-eruption views.