In local legend, Lake Nyos in Cameroon was said to house an evil spirit. Then on one night in 1986, it suffocated over 1,746 people.

In local legend, Lake Nyos in Cameroon was said to house an evil spirit. Then on one night in 1986, it suffocated over 1,746 people.

MENCHUM, CAMEROON,  Lake Nyos - Deadliest lake in the world suffocated over 1,746 people in one night

MENCHUM, CAMEROON, Lake Nyos - Deadliest lake in the world suffocated over 1,746 people in one night

Deadliest lake in the world suffocated over 1,746 people in one night

Deadliest lake in the world suffocated over 1,746 people in one night

degassing lake nyos

degassing lake nyos

Deadliest lake in the world suffocated over 1,746 people in one night

Deadliest lake in the world suffocated over 1,746 people in one night

"I could not speak. I became unconscious. I could not open my mouth because then I smelled something terrible ... I heard my daughter snoring in a terrible way, very abnormal.... When crossing to my daughter's bed ... I collapsed and fell ... I wanted to speak, my breath would not come out.... My daughter was already dead." Words of Joseph Nkwain, who on August 21, 1986, survived one of the strangest natural disasters in history. (Lake Nyos, located in the Northwest Region of Cameroon…

"I could not speak. I became unconscious. I could not open my mouth because then I smelled something terrible ... I heard my daughter snoring in a terrible way, very abnormal.... When crossing to my daughter's bed ... I collapsed and fell ... I wanted to speak, my breath would not come out.... My daughter was already dead." Words of Joseph Nkwain, who on August 21, 1986, survived one of the strangest natural disasters in history. (Lake Nyos, located in the Northwest Region of Cameroon…

A siphon used by French scientists to de-gas Lake Nyos.

A siphon used by French scientists to de-gas Lake Nyos.

Lake Nyos This lake in Cameroon is one of the world's only known exploding lakes. Just underneath it, a pocket of magma fills Nyos with carbon dioxide and transforms its water into carbonic acid.  As recently as 1986, the lake burped a massive plume of carbon dioxide, suffocating as many as 1,700 people and 3,500 livestock from nearby villages. It was the first known large-scale asphyxiation ever recorded from a natural event.  There is still concern that this event could repeat itself in…

13 of the most bizarre lakes in the world

Lake Nyos This lake in Cameroon is one of the world's only known exploding lakes. Just underneath it, a pocket of magma fills Nyos with carbon dioxide and transforms its water into carbonic acid. As recently as 1986, the lake burped a massive plume of carbon dioxide, suffocating as many as 1,700 people and 3,500 livestock from nearby villages. It was the first known large-scale asphyxiation ever recorded from a natural event. There is still concern that this event could repeat itself in…

Lake Nyos - Wikipedia

Lake Nyos - Wikipedia

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