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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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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
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)
Map of the eruptive fissure and lava flows as of yesterday (OVPF)
Tremor intensity since the start of the eruption (OVPF)
Tremor intensity since the start of the eruption (OVPF)
Hot spots inside the Enclos showing the extent of lava flows (MODIS / Univ. Hawaii)
Hot spots inside the Enclos showing the extent of lava flows (MODIS / Univ. Hawaii)
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.
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.
Previous news
View of Piton de la Fournaise's new eruption (OVPF webcam)
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]
Satellite image of Piton de la Fournaise volcano on 11 Sep 2016
Sunday, Sep 11, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Number of earthquakes under Piton de la Fournaise volcano over the past weeks(OVPF)
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]
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]
Lava fountains from Piton de la Fournaise's eruption yesterday (image: Imaz Press)
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]

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