The volcano is located a few kilometers from the Rubavu district in Rwanda, and it last erupted in January 2002, local newspaper The New Times (Rwanda) wrote on Twitter.
— The New Times (Rwanda) (@NewTimesRwanda) May 22, 2021
Reuters named Nyiragongo one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Residents of the nearby city of Goma fled, lYoudi grabbed mattresses and other things and ran to the border with neighboring Rwanda, the sky over the city filled with red light, Reuters reporters described what was happening. Most of the city was shut down electricity, the telephone lines were busy.
Volcanologist Dario Tedesco said that the city is out of danger, lava flows rushed east to the border with Rwanda. An agency source at the UN said after a reconnaissance helicopter flight that lava is not flowing towards Goma or any major population centers.
The last eruption of Nyiragongo claimed the lives of 250 people, 120 thousand were left homeless. Researchers observing the volcano are concerned that the volcanic activity that has been observed over the past five years is similar to that which preceded the eruptions in 1977 and 2002.