The biblical story could tell of an event that took place in one or more of the numerous canals of the Nile, which resembles in an astonishing way events that occurred and recorded several times in the African nation
Water changed into blood, frogs, mosquitoes, poisonous flies, mortality of cattle, ulcerations, hail, locusts, darkness, death of the firstborn. They are the catastrophicsores” that Yahweh would have sent to the whole Egypt to convince the Pharaoh to bring his people out unharmed.
Things would not be exactly like this, and not in the sense that the so-called plagues could not have been a concrete fact: in reality it would be an absolutely natural phenomenon which, again in 1984 and 1986, occurred and was documented in Cameroon. So it could be an event that occurred in one or more of the many channels of the Nile. Three African lakes, in fact, give rise to phenomena almost identical to those described in Exodus.
In those basins, the water suddenly turns blood red, causing the whole cycle of calamities described in theOld Testament, until the massacre of human beings. The black sky and the “hail” of fire? It occurs regularly, with each maxi-eruption in the lakes nyos, Monoun and Kivuplaced between Cameroon, Rwanda and Congo. They, he writes Francesca Spano on the “Messenger” on January 17, 2018, arise within volcanic craters always ready to release carbon dioxide fumes. Are Tking mortal lakes that – writes Spanò – over time, they have caused considerable disasters and the death of men and animals that were in the immediate vicinity and even quite distant».
How is it possible that a calm basin can cause a real massacre? The fault lies with the volcanic activity below the seabed, where a sudden release of carbon dioxide takes place: «The magma produces an enormous quantity of unbreathable gas, which stops just above the body of water: from there its lethal action begins». One of the first to leave public opinion distraught and speechless, recalls the “Messenger”, was Lake Monoun in 1984. In fact, in that year, due to the production of a cloud of carbon dioxide, it killed as many as 37 people . «Unfortunately, something similar happened in 1986 with Nyos, with a truly dramatic toll: 1,700 people and 3,500 head of cattle lost their lives in just one day.». How does the catastrophe begin to manifest itself? As indicated by the Bible: the water suddenly turns red, the frogs flee and the fish (without more oxygen) die by the thousands. Just the putrefaction triggered by the fish disaster, together with the stings of annoying insects, generates the “sores” on the skin of men and animals, causing infections that also lead to the death of livestock. Flies, mosquitoes and grasshoppers – also fleeing the shores of the lake, whose habitat is disrupted – complete the apocalyptic scenario narrated in Exodus. The Egyptian plagues could be traced back to local volcano activity Al Marsous or even to the eruption of the volcano Thera which he destroyed Santorini and sent copious masses of gas and ashes to North Africa as well.
To give a rational explanation to this apocalyptic scenario, one last, apparently inexplicable aspect is missing: the selective massacre of firstborn males (not all, probably, but a significant number nonetheless). Even this would instead be attributable to a rational fact: Egyptology confirms that, in the reign of the pharaohs, the firstborn males enjoyed a “particular privilege”, at least in wealthy families. Unlike their parents, brothers and sisters, they slept in beds very low from the floor. It could have been enough to expose them not to the “supernatural” brutality of the alleged executioner Yahweh, but to the exhalation of poisonous gases arising from the volcanic subsoil, responsible for the sudden coloring of the waters.
It is known that “heavy” gases can in fact fluctuate at a precise distance from the ground, remaining in mid-air. Very probable, therefore, that the bed of the firstborn Egyptians (a few centimeters from the ground) turned into their tomb. A silent death, in sleep, like the one that struck the population of Cameroon on the shores of the “accursed lakes”. In fact, the experts who rushed to the scene ascertained that only the people who slept on the ground died on the banks of the Nyos.