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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: restless (2 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)
Typical eruption style:
Effusive

Piton de la Fournaise volcano news & updates:

Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion, France): eruption stopped

Tue, 8 Dec 2020, 07:15
07:15 AM |
The lava fountains erupted from Piton de la Fournaise volcano fissure yesterday (image: OVPF)
The lava fountains erupted from Piton de la Fournaise volcano fissure yesterday (image: OVPF)
The lava fountains erupted from Piton de la Fournaise volcano fissure yesterday (image: OVPF)
The lava fountains erupted from Piton de la Fournaise volcano fissure yesterday (image: OVPF)
Three eruptive fissures detected by satellite (image: @tonyveco/twitter)
Three eruptive fissures detected by satellite (image: @tonyveco/twitter)
Decreasing tremor during the eruption (image: OVPF)
Decreasing tremor during the eruption (image: OVPF)
The effusive eruption of the volcano stopped at around 07:15 local time today as an decrease of volcanic tremor and gas emissions have been recorded. These are generally observed when the quantity of gas available is exhausted, and often synonymous with a decrease surface activity.
At around 15:00 local time yesterday, the highest altitude fissure was the most active and produced continuous small lava fountains and the remaining two lower altitude fissures dropped in activity. The OVPF scientists were able to take the gas samples and volcanic bombs.
No surface activity is observed but its resumption is not ruled out. The seismicity remains at low levels beneath the summit cone.
Source: Observatoire volcanologique du Piton de la Fournaise volcano activity update 8 December 2020

Previous news

Mon, 7 Dec 2020, 07:53
New eruption of Piton de la Fournaise volcano this morning (image: OVPF/IPGP)
A new eruption started at the volcano this morning. At around 2.28 am local time, the seismic network of the observatory detected a seismic crisis, typical sign of magma pushing its way towards the surface. Other instruments detected rapid local ground deformation, another tell-tale sign of an impending eruption. ... read all
Thu, 1 Oct 2020, 13:53
GPS station movements detected at Piton de la Fournaise volcano during 18-30 Sep (image: OVPF)
The volcano observatory OVPF reported that the seismic activity at the volcano has decreased over the past day as the number of volcano-tectonic earthquakes have rapidly decreased. The seismicity remains active beneath the eastern flank. read all
Wed, 30 Sep 2020, 08:31
Ground deformation movements detected by GPS stations at Piton de la Fournaise volcano (image: OVPF)
The seismic activity of the volcano continues at elevated levels. ... read all
Tue, 29 Sep 2020, 07:17
Seismic progress during the past hours at Piton de la Fournaise volcano (image: OVPF)
The activity at the volcano has been increasing during the past week characterized by increased seismic activity. ... read all

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