7. The Lake Nyos Limnic Eruption
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This is one of the most bizarre natural disasters that is known. Lake Nyos is located in a remote area of the Cameroonian jungle. It is only 1.2 miles, but is six hundred and eighty two feet deep. Under the bed, a magma chamber is leaking carbon dioxide. This turns the water into carbonic acid. There are only three lakes like this on earth. On August 21, 1986, out of nowhere, the carbon dioxide from the bottom erupted – all 1.6 million tons of it. This released a big cloud of carbon dioxide from the lake. It went into small villages and displaced the oxygen. It suffocated around 1,800 people and this is not counting the livestock.