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La Réunion, -21.24°S / 55.71°E
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Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion, France): eruption ended or paused

Wednesday Mar 01, 2017 08:23 AM | BY: T

The new cone built during Piton de la Fournaise's latest eruption seen on 27 Feb 2017 (image: OVPF)
The new cone built during Piton de la Fournaise's latest eruption seen on 27 Feb 2017 (image: OVPF)
Sudden drop of tremor along with the end of the eruption (image: OVPF)
Sudden drop of tremor along with the end of the eruption (image: OVPF)
The first eruption of the volcano in 2017 ended last Monday. After having been stable for several weeks, tremor started to drop and both lava emission ceased quickly in the morning of 27 Feb at 10:00 local time.
The eruption was declared over when also pulsating gas emissions stopped a few hours later.
However, volcanologists do not exclude the possibility that a new eruption could start soon again, because inflation of the volcanic edifice continues to be detected along with elevated diffuse CO2 emissions. Both parameters suggest that magma supply continues from a deep source and could lead to new eruptions within short time (days to few weeks). A similar scenario occurred during the eruption in Aug-Oct 2015 when activity ceased and restarted two times.
Previous news
Aerial view of the new cinder cone around the vent at Piton de la Fournaise volcano on 10 Feb 2017 (image: OVPF)
Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017
The eruption continues with little variation. According to the volcano observatory, tremor levels and lava output have remained high and at steady levels since 10 February. ... [more]
Volcanic tremor at Piton de la Fournaise during the past days as of yesterday evening (image: OVPF)
Friday, Feb 10, 2017
The eruption which had begun on 31 Jan still continues and shows no signs of weakening. On the contrary, the measured intensity of volcanic tremor (indicator of surface eruptive intensity) has been rising overall and is a high levels, the volcano observatory reported. ... [more]
Aerial view of the principal vent at Piton de la Fournaise (image: OVPF)
Friday, Feb 03, 2017
The eruption continues with little variation. An aerial survey helped map the new fissure eruption and its lava flows. The vent is located about 750 m south of Château Fort and about 2.3 km to the north-east of Piton de Bert. ... [more]
The new eruption of Piton de la Fournaise seen from above on 1 Feb 2017 (image: Imaz Press Reunion)
Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017
The volcano began its first eruption in 2017 on the afternoon 31 January, from an eruptive fissure on the south-south-east flank, near the 1948 Chateau-Fort spatter cone. ... [more]
Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]

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