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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) eruption update: decreasing lava output

Tue, 25 Aug 2015, 15:27
15:27 PM | BY: T
Tremor amplitude of Piton de la Fournaise during the first 12 hours of the eruption (OVPF)
Tremor amplitude of Piton de la Fournaise during the first 12 hours of the eruption (OVPF)
The eruption that started yesterday continues, but only one of several fissures (east of the Rivals crater), that opened last night remains active over a length of 100 m. A small cone has been built at its upper end, approx. 140 m east of Rivals crater. Strombolian activity occurs from this vent, while 3 other vents lower on the fissure continue to produce lava fountains and feed a lava flow that slowly advances towards the Grandes Pentes.
The volcano observatory reports that both tremor and lava effusion rates have been dropping, first rapidly after the first, most intense two hours last night and more slowly since.

Short chronology of the eruption so far:
At 18:50, a long fissure starts to open near Piton Rivals southwest of Dolomieu crater.
The fissure gradually opens up sections further upslope, at 18:59 and 20:09 local time.
Another fissure opens between 21:15-21:30 in a different area of the Enclos, northwest of Dolomieu under Bory crater. This fissure only emits a small and short-lived lava flow.
After 22:00, the initially high tremor & effusion rate (with relatively tall fountains) drops by a factor or 4, and has now stabilized in a slowly decreasing trend.
Previous news
Mon, 24 Aug 2015, 15:48
Lava fountain and lava flow from the new eruption of Piton de la Fournaise today
A new eruption started at the volcano this evening. Following a brief seismic crisis that triggered an eruption alarm, an eruptive fissure opened south of Dolomieu crater at 18:50 local time. ... read all
Mon, 3 Aug 2015, 09:34
Eruptive fissure of Piton de la Fournaise on 31 July (image: Paul Dérand)
After less than 3 days, the eruption already ended Sunday morning. The volcano observatory reported that tremor and lava effusion ceased abruptly at 11:15. However, a new eruptive phase in the near future cannot be ruled out. ... read all
Fri, 31 Jul 2015, 10:52
The new eruptive fissure at Piton de la Fournaise (image: Guillaume Cazarré / clicanoo)
The expected new eruption, the third in 2015, started this morning at 09.20 local time. read all
Thu, 30 Jul 2015, 10:11
A new eruption might be under way at the volcano. Since last weekend, seismic activity from a source at 1-2 km depth beneath Dolomieu crater has been increasing. In addition, increased degassing and inflation of the Dolomieu crater have been detected, both likely signs of a new magma intrusion at shallow depth. ... read all
Mon, 6 Jul 2015, 15:59
A new eruption could be underway at the volcano, the Volcano Observatory reported. Today, it recorded a seismic swarm of shallow earthquakes located under the summit of Dolomieu crater that started at noon. read all

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