Someone posted this in the blueyonder virgin media newsgroups earlier.
On the morning of August 22, 1986, a man hopped onto his bicycle and began riding from Wum, a village in Cameroon, towards the village of Nyos. On the way he noticed an antelope lying dead next to the road. Why let it go to waste? The man tied the antelope onto his bicycle and continued on. A short distance later he noticed two dead rats, and further on, a dead dog and other dead animals. He wondered if they’d all been killed by a lightning strike – when lightning hits the ground it’s not unusual for animals nearby to be killed by the shock.
Soon the man came upon a group of huts. He decided to see if anyone there knew what had happened to the animals. But as he walked up to the huts he was stunned to see dead bodies strewn everywhere. He didn’t find a single person still alive—everyone in the huts was dead. The man threw down his bicycle and ran all the way back to Wum.
By the time the man got back to the village, the first survivors of whatever it was that had struck Nyos and other nearby villages were already stumbling into Wum. Many told tales of hearing an explosion or rumbling noise in the distance, then smelling strange smells and passing out for as long as 36 hours before waking up to discover that everyone around them was dead.
well bushmeat is a delicacy in some parts of africa, its not so unusual. Finding a village of dead people is a bit more odd, If I had to hazard a guess id say its probably gas nitrates escaping from a nearby lake releasing toxic fumes.
I have just read the article explaining the co2 levels in the lake,fascinating. You can certainly see how people in the past would fear black magic or evil gods or something but science has explained what causes it. It is however still one of those "wow, how amazing is our planet" moments.
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