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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)
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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)
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Piton de la Fournaise volcano news & updates:

Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion): first eruption in 2016

Thursday May 26, 2016 08:59 AM | BY: T

A new eruption - the first in 2016 - started at the volcano this morning, around 08:05 local time when the volcano observatory registered a strong tremor signal, typical for the onset of Piton de la Fournaise's fissure eruptions.
All public access to the Enclos was closed after the Prefecture declared alert level 2 shortly after.
The new eruption seems to take place from a vent near Château Fort in the southeastern sector of the Enclos, but a team of volcanologist who went into the field could not make direct observations so far because of bad weather.
The eruption had been preceded by elevated seismic activity and beginning inflation of the volcanic edifice observed since 16 May. A strong seismic swarm then began last night at 23:40 and was accompanied by strong ground deformation (as the magma was pushing its final way upwards).
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Previous news
Map of the Enclos of Piton de la Fournaise and the exclusion zone (image: Prefecture of La Réunion)
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015
The alert level of the volcano was lowered today as no more eruptive activity occurred since the last phase of the latest eruption ended more than two weeks ago. ... [more]
Sunday, Nov 01, 2015
The third eruptive phase ended in the afternoon of 31 Oct, a day after it had begun. However, deep seismic activity suggests that the eruption might still not be completely over and alert level 2 is being maintained. [more]
Friday, Oct 30, 2015
Another (the third) eruptive phase began at the volcano yesterday evening. From 16:00 local time, the volcano observatory recorded an increase in tremor and new lava was seen in the vent after 20:00. ... [more]
The lava flows from Piton de la Fournaise still active yesterday morning
Sunday, Oct 25, 2015
The latest (second) effusive phase of the eruption ended yesterday afternoon. After 15:00 local time, tremor became discontinuous and lava effusion ceased. ... [more]
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]

 

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