Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion): alert level raised, eruption warning

Thu, 4 Dec 2014, 10:01
10:01 AM | BY: T
A new eruption could be under way at the volcano. An increase in seismic activity, inflation of the volcanic edifice, and SO2 gas mixed into the degassing plume, typical for a fresh magma intrusion at shallow depth have been detected by the volcano observatory (OVPF).
The prefecture raised the alert for the volcano again to "Vigilance", after it had been lowered on 1 Dec only.
The changed status means that police, civil protection and other authorities are on standby to react quickly if an eruption occurs. Access to Enclos Fouque is not yet closed to public, but hikers must stay on marked trails.

Previous news

Wed, 5 Nov 2014, 06:06
Seismic activity under La Réunion in 2014; the black dot represents the recent earthquakes under Piton de la Fournaise volcano (image: OVPF)
There are signs that a new eruption could be on its way: an increasing number of shallow earthquakes has been registered under the volcano recently. Read all
Mon, 23 Jun 2014, 08:19
The new eruption at the SE flank of the Dolomieu crater appears to have ended already during the night Saturday to Sunday 22 June. It had produced a series of small lava flows that traveled down to the base of the cone and remained well inside the Enclos. Read all
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