Nyiragongo is located in Goma, the capital of North Kivu province which has a population of two million people.
It is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and is also considered among the most dangerous.
Resident Zacharie Paluku told the Associated Press: “Everyone is afraid – people are running away. We really don’t know what to do.”
He added: “We’re already in a total psychosis.”
Rwandan state media said they would be lodged in schools and places of worship.
Dario Tedesco, a volcanologist based in the city, has said lava is flowing south towards Goma.
“It’s similar to 2002. I think that the lava is going towards the city centre.”
Monusco, the UN’s peacekeeping mission in the country, is conducting reconnaissance flights.
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