Oh, look at the pretty lake. Too bad it’s a DEATHTRAP.
On 21 August 1986, an invisible, odorless cloud of death came out of Lake Nyos, in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. The nearby village of Nyos was completely wiped out, with only six survivors out of a population of 800. People as far away as 25 kilometers were killed. Some died because they heard a noise, stepped outside to see what it was, and dropped at their doorsteps. Others died because they were napping, while their awake and upright family members in the same room were unaffected. The final death toll included 1,746 people and over 3,500 livestock. It was utter devastation.
Curious? Read about it in Atlas Obscura, and maybe next time think twice about that silly folk tale you dismissed…
(photo by Bernard Cannet of Magma Production)