Piton de la Fournaise volcano news & updates:
Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion): eruption continues with no signs of weakening
Thursday Sep 15, 2016 21:27 PM | BY: T
Lava fountain and flow from Piton de la Fournaise's current eruption tonight
Map of the eruptive fissure and lava flows as of yesterday (OVPF)
Tremor intensity since the start of the eruption (OVPF)
The spectacular fissure eruption which had started on 11 Sep continues without signs of weakening. Over the past days, lava fountaining activity shifted from originally 4 or more active vents along the fissure to the northernmost vent where a cinder cone is forming and the main lava flow is emerging.
Hot spots inside the Enclos showing the extent of lava flows (MODIS / Univ. Hawaii)
Probably as a result of activity now focused on one vent, the lava fountains have increased to 30-50 meters average at the northern cone. The lava flow, traveling north and northeast, has a main channel and several side branches. It has by now reached the base of the northern cliffs of the Enclos near Nez Coupé de Sainte Rose.
According to the volcano observatory, tremor has been stable, and actually showed a slight increase over the past days, meaning that the eruption could still continue for some time.
Sunday, Sep 11, 2016
A new eruption has begun at the volcano this morning. An eruptive fissure opened on the upper north side of Dolomieu, generating a curtain of lava fountains along the fissure feeding several lava flows directed north and northwest. ... [more]
Piton de la Fournaise volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: VOLCANIC ERUPTION IS UNDERWAY WITH NO OR MINOR ASH EMISSION
Sunday, Sep 11, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion): increasing signs volcano might be heading for new eruption
Friday, Jul 29, 2016
Signs that a new eruption of the volcano in the near future could be in the making have been increasing. In a bulletin yesterday, the volcano observatory (OVPF) reported elevated seismic activity, deformation and gas emissions that are consistent with the rise of magma to shallow depths. ... [more]
Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion): signs of unrest, volcano might be heading for new eruption
Saturday, Jul 16, 2016
The 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. ... [more]
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. ... [more]