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

Fri, 16 Oct 2015, 05:54
05:54 AM | BY: T
Piton de la Fournaise volcano on 13 Oct 2015
Piton de la Fournaise volcano on 13 Oct 2015
The current, remarkably long-lived eruption continues with no signs of weakening. On the contrary, a significant increase in tremor and lava effusion was noted starting 12 Oct, reaching high values comparable to the start of the eruption. The observatory estimated the effusion rate to have risen from 9 to 13.5 cubic meters per second.
The part of the Enclos southeast of Dolomieu crater has been profoundly changed by the eruption: A large pahoehoe lava field with 10-20 m thickness is growing, fed by a network of lava tubes originating from the vents near the base of Piton Bert. Around the principal vent, a cone has been built that contains a violently boiling and spectacular lava lake. Several older cones are in the stage of disappearing beneath the lava field.

Previous news

Sat, 3 Oct 2015, 07:35
Lava flow field of Piton de la Fournaise's eruption as on 28 Sep 2015(OVPF)
The eruption continues with little changes overall. The lava flow field gradually expands (and thickens) towards the southeast from the vents, with the most distant flow fronts now being around 2600-2700 m away. Read all
Wed, 23 Sep 2015, 08:43
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. Read all
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