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When one of Africa’s biggest volcanoes erupted, Jonathan Kalan didn’t waste any time. Lucky for us, he brought his camera.

IT WAS BRIGHT AND early on a November morning in the most drab lakeside destination of all time: Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.

The four of us piled into a truck bound for the behemoth Virunga National Park. For weeks, Mt. Nyamuragira, one of the most active volcanoes in Africa, had been spewing 400-meter high towers of lava. We needed to see it.

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About The Author

Jonathan Kalan

Jonathan Kalan is a roving journalist, photojournalist and blogger. For the past two years, he's been in Nairobi, Kenya, splitting his time between covering east African technology, hunting with pygmies in the Congolese rain forest, drinking a lot of Rwandan coffee and chewing miraa on overloaded buses. He is founder of The (BoP) Project, reporting on the narrative of "potential" behind the veil of poverty in emerging economies through the lens of social entrepreneurship, and is helplessly addicted to honey. His work has recently appeared in BBC, Global Post, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, The Toronto Star, Huffington Post and Christian Science Monitor among others. You should definitely check out his website.

  • Eileen Smith

    This is awesome. 19 and 20 really do it for me. Thanks for taking us with you!

  • Chalets saas fee

    That is what I will call a totally trilling experience. I can only imagine what is the feeling of being on the edge of the erupting volcano and see all this power of the boiling lava. 

  • Flairista

    Wow I felt like I was there with you. Great shots!

  • Daniel C. Britt

    Way to catch that cataclysm bro. Give yourself more credit for the Tebow impression. It was kind of like Rodan’s Tebow, framed by apocalypse.  

  • Nina

    Hi Jonathan,
    Wooooow .. What an amazing pics!!! Please let me know who guided you. Kongo is on my list for 2013 from Rwanda, but as far as idid some research it is hard to get  a trustful guide…..

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