Piton de la Fournaise volcano news & updates:
Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion): eruption intensifies
Friday Oct 16, 2015 05:54 AM | BY: T
Piton de la Fournaise volcano on 13 Oct 2015The 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.
Saturday, Oct 03, 2015
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. ... [more]
Wednesday, Sep 23, 2015
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. ... [more]
Thursday, Sep 03, 2015
The eruption continues at weak intensity. As of yesterday, only one vent, a cone about 20 m high, remained active producing pulsating fountain-like strombolian explosions of bursting lava bubbles that reach 15-20 m height. ... [more]
Thursday, Aug 27, 2015
The eruption that began last Monday continues. Lava output is much lower now (approx 10 cubic meters / second) than in the beginning (30 cu m/s), but more or less stable. ... [more]
Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015
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. ... [more]