Piton de la Fournaise volcano news & updates:
Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion): new eruption
Saturday Jun 21, 2014 07:22 AM | BY: T
A new eruption, the first after 3 1/2 years of repose, started at the volcano this morning at 01:35 local time, from a vent on the upper SE flank of the central crater (Dolomieu) cone.
The eruption followed a recent increase in seismic activity, although it still came as a surprise because this seismicity had been relatively weak and no other signs of an impending eruption had been detected (deformation, increase in gas emissions). First signs of unrest had been detected during around 9-13 June, followed by a pause in seismic activity. Another swarm occurred on 17 June with 170 quakes and over volcanic-tectonic-induced 380 rockfalls.
The alert level of the volcano was raised to 2 and access to the Enclos Fouqué is now closed to the public.
Monday, Jun 16, 2014
Seismic activity above normal background levels have been detected under the volcano past week. The prefecture decided to raise the alert level and advises climbers and hikers to avoid the rims and crater walls of Dolomieu crater due to an increased risk of rockfalls and collapses. [more]
Friday, Dec 10, 2010
Piton de la Fournaise volcano on La Réunion island erupted for the 3rd time. The eruption started yesterday 9 Dec at 22h42 local time following two seismic crisis. The eruption started from a fissure located on the outside N flank of the cone of Dolomieu summit crater about 1 km away and feeds a lava flow. ... [more]
Saturday, Sep 25, 2010
Unrest at Piton de la Fournaise continues and the volcano observatory has raised alert to level 1 (eruption in near or immediate future probable). Deformation at the summit and seismic activity indicate ascent of fresh magma beneath Dolomieu crater. [more]
Sunday, Jan 03, 2010
Piton de la Fournaise volcano greets the new year with its first eruption in 2010 on 2 January. A fissure vent inside the Dolomieu summit crater erupted lava fountains and a lava flow contained inside the crater, deepened by the large eruption in 2008. The eruption followed a gradual increase inseismic activity since Dec 28. The last, very short-lived eruption happened just about 3 weeks ago, and it seems likely that Piton de la Fournaise has entered a period of frequent but short eruptions, fed by dikes in its highly fractured summit zone, forming of a relatively permeable central plumbing system. [more]
Monday, Dec 14, 2009
A new eruption started on Piton de la Fournaise volcano at 18h30 local time on 14 December. Following a seismic crisis lasting about 1 hr, a new vent opened on the S flank of Dolomieu Crater and produced lava flows inside the enclos. Later in the evening, a second fissure opened east of the first vent. ... [more]