Piton de la Fournaise, La Reunion: eruption update
The eruption at Piton de la Fournaise and volcanic tremor levels have stabilized and continue at low levels. Activity continues inside Domolieu crater, where a small cone of about 10 m height has been formed at the pricipal vent. Lava fountains and strombolian activity atteign heights of about 30 m occur and several active lava flows depart from the vent, sometimes as overflows from its crater that shows frequent inside collapses.
The weak intensity of tremor is probably due to the relatively ease with which magma rises from a shallow magma chamber to the surface. In fact, the area of the eruption has already been heavily fractured before: it appears that the magma is using approximately the same paths as during the Nov. 2002 eruption that occurred at the same site, as well as the subsequent eruptions in June, July and August 2003.
Authorities are discussing the possibilities to open access - free or organized - to the eruption site to the public.
Source: Journal de l'Isle
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