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Piton de la Fournaise, a typical basaltic shield volcano, located on the French island La Réunion, is one of the world's most active and productive volcanoes. It is in a phase of frequent but short-lived eruptions that start with lava fountains and produce large lava flows. Since the active areas of the volcano are not inhabited, its eruptions pose little danger and cause little damage.
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)
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.
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]
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]
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