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Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion): eruption update

Mon, 18 May 2015, 12:51
12:51 PM | BY: T
The two active vents with lava flows yesterday (photo: Planétaire974)
The two active vents with lava flows yesterday (photo: Planétaire974)
The lava flow descending on the Grandes Pentes (photo: JPL / Fournaise Info)
The lava flow descending on the Grandes Pentes (photo: JPL / Fournaise Info)
The new eruption continues, although only the lowest vent seems to be still active by now. It continues to feed a large lava flow now headed towards the vast coastal flat to the east. In the course of today, it reached the steeper section of the Enclos, the "Grandes Pentes" and started to descend there.
At this point, the lava flow, approx. 4-5 km long could be seen from the popular "lava road" (which might be closed off soon).
The lower fissure vent opened shortly after the first eruptive fissure had opened higher up on the flanks of Dolomieu crater, near the 1948 cinder cone "Chateau Fort". As is typical, the lower vent produced the more significant lava fountaining and lava flow effusion.
Compared to the last eruption in February, the current one seems to be much more intense. This could be explained if the eruption is fed by a deeper reservoir instead of a shallow pocket of magma (as was the case in February).

Previous news

Sun, 17 May 2015, 14:03
Fissure eruption at Piton de la Fournaise today
A new eruption, so far small, began this Sunday at 13:45 from a fissure vent at the the southeast slopes of the Dolomieux crater inside the Enclos next to the Château Fort cone. ... Read all
Wed, 13 May 2015, 06:00
OVPDLF reported that during 4-16 May the number and magnitude of earthquakes at Piton de la Fournaise increased, and inflation was detected at the base of the summit cone. Gas emissions intensified; specifically hydrogen sulfide emissions increased on 5 May after a peak of sulfur dioxide values on 3 May. A seismic crisis was detected on 17 May. ... Read all
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