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

Tue, 17 Nov 2015, 16:05
Map of the Enclos of Piton de la Fournaise and the exclusion zone (image: Prefecture of La Réunion)
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. ... Read all
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