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La Réunion, -21.24°S / 55.71°E
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Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion, France): new eruption starts this morning following 2 days of seismic crisis

Monday Feb 18, 2019 09:07 AM | DOOR: T

View of Piton de la Fournaise volcano crater this morning (image: OVPF)
View of Piton de la Fournaise volcano crater this morning (image: OVPF)
Distance changes of various GPS station pairs during the past 2 months, showing the inflation in the center due to magma intruding into the edifice (image: OVPF)
Distance changes of various GPS station pairs during the past 2 months, showing the inflation in the center due to magma intruding into the edifice (image: OVPF)
A new eruption has begun at the volcano this morning. At 09:48, the volcano observatory recorded the onset of typical eruption tremor and announced the eruption which seems to take place from new fissures on the NNE flank of Dolomieu crater in the central part of the Enclos.
The eruption came as expected: a seismic crisis had started two days earlier (on 16 Feb), indicating that magma had started to rise towards the surface (generating new paths on its was means breaking rocks, causing small earthquakes). Alongside the seismic crisis, instruments had measured rapid deformation (swelling) and increased emissions of CO2 gas of magmatic origin, all of which led to the conclusion that a new eruption was about to start soon.
The frequency of quakes had dropped from over 300/day on 16 Feb to less than 10/day yesterday evening, suggesting a temporary halt of the rising magma. However, continuing inflation suggested that supply of magma from deeper levels continued. In fact, a new seismic swarm started 30 minutes before the magma erupted at the surface this morning.
As locals say: "Volcan la pété !"
Visual conditions are not very good at the moment, but new images will likely appear shortly on the local press and in social media. As usual, the alert level of the volcano has been raised to 2 (out of 2) and public access to the Enclos has been closed.
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Koppelingen / Bronnen:
  • Bulletin d'activité du lundi 18 février 2019 à 10h00 (Heure locale) (OVPF)
Vorig nieuws
Monday, Feb 18, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [meer...]
Thursday, Nov 01, 2018
The recent eruption halted early this morning after about 6 weeks. The activity had been slowly declining and was at a minimal level. [meer...]
VIew of the eruption of Piton de la Fournaise today (OVPF webcam)
Tuesday, Oct 02, 2018
The eruption that had started on 15 Sep continues from the vent on the southwestern flank of Dolomieu crater. ... [meer...]
Saturday, Sep 15, 2018
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [meer...]
Map of the lava flows on Piton de la Fournaise volcano this morning (image: OVPF)
Sunday, Apr 29, 2018
The eruption that began on 27 April night (at 23h50 local time) continues. Tremor intensity has been declining since the opening of the eruptive fissures near Rival crater on the southern flank of the summit cone of Dolomieu crater inside the Enclos. ... [meer...]

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