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Piton de la Fournaise volcano
Shield volcano 2631 m (8,632 ft)
La Réunion, -21.24°S / 55.71°E
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5) Piton de la Fournaise volcano eruptions:
1900, 1901, 1901, 1902, 1903(?), 1904, 1905, 1907, 1908(?), 1909, 1910, 1913, 1915, 1917, 1920, 1921, 1924, 1924, 1925-26, 1926-27, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933-34, 1935(?), 1936, 1937, 1938, 1938-39, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947(?), 1948, 1948(?), 1950, 1951(?), 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955-57, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1964-65, 1966, 1972, 1973, 1973, 1975-76, 1976, 1977, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983-84, 1985-88, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1998, 1999, 2000 (Feb-March), 2001 (March-April), 2001 (June-July), 2002 (Jan.), 2002 (Nov-Dec), 2003 (May) - 2004 (Jan), 2004 (May), 2004 (Aug-Oct), 2005 (Feb-March), 2005 (Oct), 2005 (Nov), 2005 (Dec)-2006 (Jan), 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 (Oct), 2010 (Dec), 2014 (June), 2015 (Feb), 2015 (May), 2015 (Aug-Oct), 2016 (May, Sep), 2017 (Jan-Mar), 2018 (Apr, 2x), 2018 (Sep), 2019 (Feb, June, July, Aug, Oct), 2020 (Feb), 2020 (Dec), 2021 (Apr)
Typical eruption style:
Effusive

Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion, France): increased seismic activity; possible eruption

Tue, 29 Sep 2020, 07:17
07:17 AM | BY: MARTIN
Seismic progress during the past hours at Piton de la Fournaise volcano (image: OVPF)
Seismic progress during the past hours at Piton de la Fournaise volcano (image: OVPF)
Earthquakes locations at Piton de la Fournaise volcano yesterday (image: OVPF)
Earthquakes locations at Piton de la Fournaise volcano yesterday (image: OVPF)
The activity at the volcano has been increasing during the past week characterized by increased seismic activity.
According to OVPF the seismicity remaines elevated when instruments detected 1,300 volcano-tectonic earthquakes during 09:30 pm-12:04 pm local time yesterday. Earthquakes were located mainly beneath the summit area and the eastern flank at depths between 1.6 and 5.2 km.
This suggests that a new batch of magma is rising inside the volcano's conduits and pushes its way up to the surface. An eruption is expected in the next few hours.
Instruments recorded rapid ground deformation.
Eruptive fissures open at low altitude as the seismicity is increasing.
Source: Observatoire volcanologique du Piton de la Fournaise volcano activity update 29 September 2020

Previous news

Wed, 23 Sep 2020, 08:01
Earthquakes locations at Piton de la Fournaise volcano during 20-22 Sep (image: OVPF)
During 20-22 September OVPF recorded 21 volcano-tectonic earthquakes with magnitude less than M 1 located mainly under the Dolomieu crater at depths between 1.7 and 2.2 km. ... read all
Fri, 3 Jul 2020, 09:22
Dolomieu crater at Piton de la Fournaise volcano on 28 June (image: OVPF)
Today at 07:35 local time OVPF volcano observatory recorded seismic unrest at the volcano associated with rapid deformation. A new batch of magma could be rising inside the volcano's conduits. read all
Mon, 22 Jun 2020, 07:28
Volcano-tectonic earthquakes during 1-21 June at Piton de la Fournaise volcano (image: OVPF)
During 16-22 Jun the seismic station at OVPF volcano observatory recorded 18 volcano-tectonic earthquakes at 2 km depth beneath the summit. ... read all
Mon, 6 Apr 2020, 07:51
Eruptive fissure at Piton de la Fournaise volcano on 6 April (image: OVPF)
OVPF reported that eruption continues on the eastern flank. The seismic station records since 5 April 189 volcano-tectonic earthquakes at approx. 2 km depth beneath the southeastern part of the Dolomieu crater. These earthquakes testify to the weakening of the environment, either by a circulation of fluid or the emptying of a reservoir, most certainly in connection with the feeding of the eruptive site and its renewed activity. A risk of collapse of the crater is not excluded. ... read all
Thu, 2 Apr 2020, 19:08
Lava fountains at Piton de la Fournaise volcano at 15:00 local time today (image: OVPF)
A new eruption has indeed started at the volcano, as could be confirmed when weather cleared to allow an overflight. ... read all

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