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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): new eruption continues

Sat, 10 Apr 2021, 11:50
11:50 AM | BY: T
View of the eruption site at Piton de la Fournaise this morning (image: OVPF-IPGP, @ObsFournaise / twitter)
View of the eruption site at Piton de la Fournaise this morning (image: OVPF-IPGP, @ObsFournaise / twitter)
The eruption that started yesterday evening continues. Its vent, a new eruptive fissure is located on the southern flank of the Enclos depression, just below the old Château Fort cinder cone.
Scientists from the volcano observatory took an overflight in the morning (s. image). According to the observatory, by now only the southern, downhill section of the eruptive fissure is active, producing mild lava fountains from two principal vents and feeding a lava flow. A new spatter rampart is quickly growing into a new cinder cone around the main emission point.

Previous news

Fri, 9 Apr 2021, 21:33
Partial view of the eruption of Piton de la Fournaise volcano this evening (image: OVPF webcam)
A new eruption began this evening at the volcano from a new fissure at the southern flank of the Dolomieu central cone about 1 km from the southern wall of the summit depression or Enclos. ... read all
Mon, 29 Mar 2021, 07:17
Sharp decline of the volcanic tremor on 27 March in the seismograph (image: OVPF)
The elevated seismic activity (250 quakes during 13-24 March) that started on 13 March decreased significantly as the seismic network recorded only about 60 volcano-tectonic earthquakes since 27 March. ... read all
Thu, 25 Mar 2021, 21:20
Seismic activity started to increase on 13 March and continues at elevated levels (image: OVPF)
Seismic activity at the volcano has continued to increase since 13 March. ... read all
Thu, 18 Mar 2021, 08:19
Distribution of the earthquakes in a N-S and E-W pattern on the eastern part of Dolomieu crater (image: OVPF)
The Observatoire volcanologique du Piton de la Fournaise (OVPF) reported today that a renewed seismic activity was detected since 13 March. ... read all
Wed, 9 Dec 2020, 12:05
From the end of the eruption on the 8 December at around 07:15 local time, till the 9 December at 09:00 local time, 27 volcano tectonic earthquakes were recorded at 900 m of elevation, 1700 m below the western rim of the summit crater (named the Dolomieu crater). Except this remaining seismic activity, conditions seem to come back to normal. Notably, gas emissions are back to pre-eruptive levels (ground CO2 fluxes are stable and SO2 emissions near the summit are small). ... read all

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