This Day in History: August 21 On this day in 1911 Leonardo da Vincis Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre by three Italian handymen; it was not recovered until 1913, and the media sensation helped make it one of the worlds most famous paintings.
What was unusual about the 1986 disaster around Lake Nyos?
What was unusual about the 1986 volcano-related disaster near Lake Nyos in Cameroon? Volcanically derived carbon dioxide gas bubbled from the lake and suffocated people and animals nearby.
Is Aug 10 a holiday?
National Day is a public holiday, and MOE designates Aug 10 as a school holiday.
What happened at Lake Nyos in Cameroon on August 21 1986?
On 21 August 1986, a lethal carbon dioxide (CO2) cloud burst from the bottom waters of Lake Nyos in northwestern Cameroon, killing 1746 people and more than 3000 livestock.
Why did Lake Nyos erupt?
Lake Nyos fills a roughly circular maar in the Oku Volcanic Field, an explosion crater caused when a lava flow interacted violently with groundwater. The maar is believed to have formed in an eruption a maximum of 12,000 years ago, and is 1,800 m (5,900 ft) across and 208 m (682 ft) deep.