Piton de la Fournaise volcano news & updates:
Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion): second phase of eruption ended
Sunday Oct 25, 2015 09:42 AM | BY: T
The lava flows from Piton de la Fournaise still active yesterday morningThe latest (second) effusive phase of the eruption ended yesterday afternoon. After 15:00 local time, tremor became discontinuous and lava effusion ceased.
The short-lived, but quite intense re-activation of the eruption began last Thursday evening, after a break of 4 days in activity. During the evening, lava quickly filled the main cone again and produced a new lava flow that traveled more than 1 km to the SSE. By next morning, it had reached the western foot of Piton de Bert where it caused a bush fire that was still out of control yesterday afternoon and prevented ground access to the eruption site from Pas de Bellecombe.
Whether the eruption will enter another (third) phase of lava effusion in the near future, or now can be considered to have ended for good, is impossible to say.
Thursday, Oct 22, 2015
According to local news, the eruption restarted today after 4 days of quiet. Observers detected minor strombolian activity from a small, 1 m diameter vent at the bottom of the large new cone. ... [more]
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015
According to the volcano observatory, the effusive phase of the eruption is over (no more activity since the sudden stop of lava effusion on Saturday). A weak tremor signal continued to be recorded this morning, probably related to degassing. ... [more]
Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion): sudden drop in tremor / lava effusion - possible end of eruption
Sunday, Oct 18, 2015
After a the eruption had intensified considerably during the past week, tremor suddenly dropped this morning at 08:02 local time and only showed sporadic pulses. The lava effusion seemed to have stopped as well. Aerial surveys this morning showed no more lava inside the vent. ... [more]
Friday, Oct 16, 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. ... [more]
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]