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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): 3rd eruption in 2017 started this morning
Friday Jul 14, 2017 08:00 AM | BY: T
Piton de la Fournaise's new eruption this morning (image: OVPF webcam)
The volcano began erupting early this morning, making it the third eruption this year (after the ones in January and May).
Following an increase of earthquakes over the past days, an intense seismic crisis started 22:20 local time last night - sign of the magma moving towards the surface. The eruption itself, when the magma reached the surface, began at around 00:50 this morning from a new fissure on the SSW slope of Dolomieu crater near the Chateau Fort cinder cone.
A curtain of lava fountains from the eruptive fissure was active this morning, feeding a lava flow that rapidly traveled several hundred meters downslope.
The Prefecture of Reunion triggered alert 2-2 ("eruption in progress") and as usual closed public access to the Enclos.
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]
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