Security Alert #3: Volcanic Eruption of Mount Nyiragongo in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Security Alert #3 – Volcanic Eruption of Mount Nyiragongo – U.S. Embassy Official in Gisenyi available for assistance

Location: Western Rwanda, specifically Rubavu District in the Western Province

Event: As of early Sunday, May 23, local authorities and media report that the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo has subsided. There were reports of seismic activity during the night which are considered normal and expected.  The U.S. Embassy urges all U.S. citizens in and around Goma/Gisenyi to remain vigilant, monitor local media and follow instructions from all local authorities.

A U.S. Embassy official will be in Gisenyi on Sunday, May 23 until 2:30 PM.   If you require assistance and would like to meet in person to discuss your response to the eruption, please e-mail

U.S. citizens are encouraged to report their whereabouts and any requests for assistance to the U.S. Embassy at  If you are an American citizen currently located in the Democratic Republic of Congo and require assistance, please email

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor local media and official government channels.
  • Follow instructions of local authorities.
  • Do not go toward the volcano.

For Assistance:

·       U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda


·       State Department – Consular Affairs +1 888-407-4747 or +1 202-501-4444