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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): unrest continues, new inflation, eruption warning

Thursday May 25, 2017 09:06 AM | BY: T

Distance variations at Piton de la Fournaise volcano showing inflation (Image: OVPF / IPGP)
Distance variations at Piton de la Fournaise volcano showing inflation (Image: OVPF / IPGP)
Map showing the location of the new fumaroles as a result of the magma injection event on 17 May, as well as horizontal (arrows) and vertical (circles) ground displacement vectors with values of up to 35 cm. (Image: OVPF / IPGP)
Map showing the location of the new fumaroles as a result of the magma injection event on 17 May, as well as horizontal (arrows) and vertical (circles) ground displacement vectors with values of up to 35 cm. (Image: OVPF / IPGP)
The unrest at the volcano continues - a new eruption could occur with little warning.
Since the appearance of the "dry" ground fractures on the northern flank of Dolomieu crater during the magma intrusion event on 17 May, the edifice has first deflated a bit, but then continued to inflate since a few days ago again. In addition, two new fumarole areas on the northern flank have formed, as a result of fresh magma near the surface.
On the other hand, seismic activity has decreased (from around 40 earthquakes on 18 May to 2-3 per day during the past days). Magma-derived CO2 emissions have been at elevated but stable values during the past days.
Whether or not an eruption will actually occur in the near future is impossible to predict, but the observatory maintains Level 1 (eruption warning) alert and the Enclos remains closed to public.
Previous news
Earthquakes under Piton de la Fournaise during 04:00 and 17:30 on 18 May 2017 (OVPF)
Friday, May 19, 2017
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. ... [more]
Tremor amplitude associated with Piton de la Fournaise's new eruption (image: OVPF)
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]
Satellite image of Piton de la Fournaise volcano on 17 May 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
The new cone built during Piton de la Fournaise's latest eruption seen on 27 Feb 2017 (image: OVPF)
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]
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]

 

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