Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion) activity update

Wed, 23 Sep 2015, 08:43
08:43 AM | BY: T
New surface lava flow from Piton de la Fournaise last night
New surface lava flow from Piton de la Fournaise last night
The eruption continues into its second month,- for Piton de La Fournaise's standards this is an unusually long-lived one. Accompanied by stable tremor, effusive activity remains strong and feeds a growing lava flow field that slowly expands towards the east in direction of the Grandes Pentes.
At the site of the main vent near Piton Rivals, a cone with a small lava lake has formed. From there, the lava flows for a large part of its path through lava tubes that then feed several flow branches further downslope. Occasionally, when parts of the tube system becomes blocked or unstable, new surface flows develop near the vent, such as last night when a new surface flow appeared that began flowing to the southeast.

Previous news

Wed, 23 Sep 2015, 06:00
On 24 September OVPDLF reported that, since 20 September, seismicity, deformation, and gas emissions at Piton de la Fournaise stabilized but remained at high levels. The cone was 30 m high; lava fountains were lower and less frequently observed. A white water vapor plume rose from the vents. ... Read all
Wed, 16 Sep 2015, 06:00
On 14 September OVPDLF reported that during the previous several days seismicity, deformation, and gas emissions at Piton de la Fournaise intensified. Tremor levels fluctuated. The two lava lakes separated by a partition in a single vent remained active. ... Read all
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