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

LAKE NYOS - Deadliest lake in the world suffocated over 1746 people in one night

LAKE NYOS - Deadliest lake in the world suffocated over 1746 people in one night

Lake Nyos. Today, the lake also poses a threat because its natural wall is weakening. A geological tremor could cause this natural levée to give way, allowing water to rush into downstream villages all the way into Nigeria and allowing much carbon dioxide to escape.

Lake Nyos. Today, the lake also poses a threat because its natural wall is weakening. A geological tremor could cause this natural levée to give way, allowing water to rush into downstream villages all the way into Nigeria and allowing much carbon dioxide to escape.

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

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

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