Thousands have fled over a volcanic eruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but the flaming lava from Mount Nyiragongo appeared to have come to a halt on the outskirts of Goma city early Sunday.
Authorities at the Goma Volcano Observatory initially said it was the nearby Nyamulagira volcano that had erupted.
Nyiragongo last erupted in 2002, killing 250 people and making 120,000 people homeless after the lava flowed into Goma. In addition to the horror of sesame seeds on Saturday night, more than 100,000 people lost their homes in the aftermath.
"We are already in a total psychosis", resident Zacharie Paluku told The Associated Press. "Everyone is afraid. People are running away". "We don't know what to do".
Meanwhile, Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi said he would "interrupt his stay in Europe to return home this Sunday to supervise the coordination of aid". And I had already escaped on foot.
"There are a lot of people on the road, a lot of cars, it's an escape", one man with his family in his vehicle told AFP.
"For the moment people are not evacuating".
He said that at this stage, "the other districts of the city were not in danger" and the lava was unlikely to reach those areas. "We're on the alert", he said.
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Mount Nyiragongo is one of the world's more active volcanoes - seen here from Tchegera Island on Lake Kivu outside Goma. Dorcas Mbulayi left her home about an hour after the volcano first showed signs of erupting.
"I can see high lava fountains", Tedesco told Reuters.
The eruption began at 7 pm local time.
No evacuation order was given by authorities, and there was no immediate word on any casualties.
There is a strong sulfur fog over the city of Goma in the Congo after the appearance of Nyiragongo volcano on Saturday.
A new fracture opened up on the volcano, enabling lava to flow south towards Goma and reach the airport, on the eastern edge of the city. It was heading for Rwanda, not sesame.
Goma sits along the border between Congo and neighbouring Rwanda, and is a regional hub for many humanitarian agencies in the region, as well as the United Nations peacekeeping mission known as MONUSCO.
"The situation is deteriorating", an official from Virunga National Park - where the erupting volcano is located - said in a message to staff, which AFP was copied in on.