Piton de la Fournaise volcano news & updates:
Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion): no eruption took place yesterday, but volcano remains restless
Friday May 19, 2017 07:26 AM | BY: T
Earthquakes under Piton de la Fournaise during 04:00 and 17:30 on 18 May 2017 (OVPF)A helicopter overfly yesterday evening confirmed that the reported short-lived eruption did actually not take place: no fresh lava could be seen at the supposed site of the eruption.
The eruption tremor detected by the observatory was likely only caused by degassing while the rising magma eventually did not reach the surface, but stopped at shallow depth. Scientists described dry "fractures on the surface".
However, it might only be a matter of a short time until the magma continues to rise and actually does produce an eruption. Shallow earthquakes under the area continue. The Volcano Observatory (OVPF) noted 32 superficial volcanic-tectonic earthquakes at or near 2 kilometers depth during the first 12 hours of 18 May. The quakes were mainly located under the northeastern sector of the Fouqué enclosure (Enclos) and more precisely under the Piton Crac.
The Enclos remains closed to the public.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
A new eruption (the second in 2017) began at the volcano yesterday afternoon with little precursory signs. The site of the new eruption is a fissure on the NE flank of the Dolomieu central crater inside the Enclos. ... [more]
Piton de la Fournaise volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: STOMBOLIAN ERUPTION STARTED AT 1610Z OBS VA DTG: 17/1800Z
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017
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. ... [more]
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]
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]