Piton de la Fournaise volcano news & updates:
Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion): signs of unrest, volcano might be heading for new eruption
Saturday Jul 16, 2016 10:18 AM | BY: TThe volcano is showing signs of unrest that could be (but not necessarily) precursors of a new eruption. Since the beginning of the month, shallow (0-2 km depth) volcanic earthquakes of rock-fracturing type under the Dolomieu crater (the main vent of the volcano) have been more frequent, probably caused by a new magma intrusion.
The volcano observatory's (OVPF) latest statement mentions that 111 "collapses" have occurred recently on the Dolomieu crater, the Enclos and on the lava flow of Aug-Oct 2015.
In addition, it seems that new deformation has started during the past days, which would fit into the picture that the volcano is likely preparing itself for a new eruption, although the trend was still unclear and needs to be confirmed.
Gas emissions have not shown any significant variation above background levels.
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Friday, May 27, 2016
The first eruption of the volcano in 2016 seems to have ended already - or at least paused - after little more than 24 hours. The volcano observatory reported that eruption tremor and other signs of ongoing activity stopped at 11:40 this morning. ... read all
Thursday, May 26, 2016
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. ... read all
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. ... read all
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. ... read all
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. read all