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

Thu, 26 May 2016, 08:59
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).

Previous news

Wed, 25 May 2016, 06:00

Piton de la Fournaise volcano (Reunion Island, France) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 25 May-31 May 2016 (New Activity / Unrest)

OVPDLF reported that CO2 gas emission, deformation, and seismicity at Piton de la Fournaise began to slowly increase on 16 May, and then seismicity significantly increased at 1140 on 25 May. Tremor began at 0805 on 26 May, characteristic of an ongoing eruption, likely from a new fissure near Château Fort crater. Bad weather prevented visual observations of the area at first, though at 0900 ground observers confirmed a new eruption. ... Read all
Wed, 16 Dec 2015, 06:00

Piton de la Fournaise volcano (Reunion Island, France) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 16 December-22 December 2015 (New Activity / Unrest)

OVPDLF reported that at 1850 on 31 October the effusive phase of the eruption at Piton de la Fournaise, which had begun on 24 August, had ceased. The report noted that gas emissions and seismicity continued to decrease through November, and deformation data suggested no inflation. ... Read all
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Shield volcano 2631 m (8,632 ft)
La Réunion, -21.24°S / 55.71°E
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) Piton de la Fournaise volcano eruptions:
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, Oct), 2020 (Feb), 2020 (Dec), 2021 (Apr), 2021 (Dec)
Typical eruption style
Effusive
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