Piton de la Fournaise: New Eruption at Reunion Island

Earlier yesterday (04.02.15), volcano Piton de la Fournaise situated on Reunion Island erupted, providing a spectacular scene for local people and tourists alike.

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Lava flow of Piton de la Fournaise (04.02.15). Photo credits: Xavier (via Yolande Calichiama)

The new eruption is located at the southern side of the central cone of the volcano, from one of the peaks known as Piton de Bert, according to the local observatory, Observatoire Volcanologique du Piton de la Fournaise (OVPF).

A whole plethora of earthquakes hit that part of the island prior to the lava eruption; around 180 seismic activities were detected from four o’clock in the morning till around nine, with 5 of them of great magnitude. At a point in time, 6 quakes per minute were experienced. From there on, the authorities concerned launched a warning as from 11:00, and that was around the time the eruptions began. Fortunately, the area where the lava flows are situated is an essentially uninhabited one.

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Piton de la Fournaise. Photo credits: Xavier (via Yolande Calichiama)

Volcanologists faced visibility problems in the early hours of the eruption, but were later able to get better images of the lava flows.

The fissure through which the lava emerged is of around 500 meters in length. As the crack opened, the eruption was most concentrated at a point found at the south of the crack at a height of 2500 meters. The lava flow followed a south-south-west direction and proceeded towards crater Rivals. Ultimately, the lava flow went further south, beyond crater Cornu.

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Photo credits: RÉUNION 1ÈRE  ©

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The last eruption of the volcano dates back to last June, and it had lasted for a few hours. According to the OVPF, Piton de la Fournaise, erupts every 8 months since 1640; it is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

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