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Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion), eruption news: new eruption started Feb. 18

ma, 19 feb 2007, 10:53
10:53 AM | DOOR: TOM PFEIFFER

Piton de la Fournaise volcano started to erupt yesterday (18 Feb.07) at 16h38 local time. The eruption occurs along a fracture cutting Dolomieu crater in E-W direction and extending until the outer rim at 2400 m elevation, where 3 weekly alimented lava flows were observed. The main activity takes place inside the crater where low lava fountains emit large quantities of lava that have already covered about one third of the shallow crater floor.
This eruption is Fournaise's first one in 2007 and comes just about 6 weeks after its last eruption. The activity had been preceded by increased seismicity over the past days and intense tremor started just about 25 minutes before the onset, marking the final phase of fracturing of the ground by the rising magma.


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Source: OVPF

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