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Shield volcano 2631 m (8,632 ft)
La Réunion, -21.24°S / 55.71°E
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Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion, France): eruption continues, new fissure opens

Thursday Mar 07, 2019 16:30 PM | BY: T

The new eruptive fissure at Piton de la Fournaise volcano seen on 6 Mar 2019 morning (image: 06 mars 2019 au matin. (© Corail hélicoptère /via OVPF))
The new eruptive fissure at Piton de la Fournaise volcano seen on 6 Mar 2019 morning (image: 06 mars 2019 au matin. (© Corail hélicoptère /via OVPF))
Eruption tremor during the past weeks (image: OVPF)
Eruption tremor during the past weeks (image: OVPF)
The eruption of the volcano continues and provides surprises: a new fissure opened sometime during 5 March upstream of the previous eruptive site, on the northwestern flank of Piton Madoré at an elevation of approx. 1800 m.
The new fissure was first seen by tourists on a helicopter overflight yesterday morning and later confirmed by the volcano observatory. At least 6 new lava emission points were identified. Small new cones have already formed around them. It is however unclear whether it is just a prolongation of the existing eruptive fissure or a separate dike.
The magma output was estimated to be between 1-12 cubic meters per second only. This rather low value, together with a still slowly increasing trend of tremor, indicates that the system is not in a stable condition yet. The opening of additional fissures can be seen as a sign that magma flow to the surface through the existing conduits was not efficient enough, as if it is still "trying out" better pathways.
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Previous news
View of the lava flow from Piton de la Fournaise on 24 Feb (image courtesy: Christophe de Charette / Fournaise.info / facebook)
Monday, Mar 04, 2019
The eruption at the volcano is continuing with no signs of ending soon. Since a few days, the so-far only modest, but stable lava effusion rate has increased. Two more effusive vents opened up downhill on the eruptive fissure and there are now 3 lava flows slowly descending the slope of the Grand Brûlé ("Great Burn"). ... [more]
Satellite image of Piton de la Fournaise volcano on 19 Feb 2019
Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
View of Piton de la Fournaise volcano crater this morning (image: OVPF)
Monday, Feb 18, 2019
A new eruption has begun at the volcano this morning. At 09:48, the volcano observatory recorded the onset of typical eruption tremor and announced the eruption which seems to take place from new fissures on the NNE flank of Dolomieu crater in the central part of the Enclos. ... [more]
Monday, Feb 18, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Thursday, Nov 01, 2018
The recent eruption halted early this morning after about 6 weeks. The activity had been slowly declining and was at a minimal level. [more]

 

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