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Piton de la Fournaise volcano
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 Island): new eruption since 11 June 2019

Wed, 12 Jun 2019, 08:12
08:12 AM | BY: T
Photo of one of the eruptive fissures at 15:30 on 11 June (image © OVPF-IPGP)
Photo of one of the eruptive fissures at 15:30 on 11 June (image © OVPF-IPGP)
Thermal image of the several fissure (image © OVPF-IPGP)
Thermal image of the several fissure (image © OVPF-IPGP)
Tremor during the first day of the eruption (image © OVPF-IPGP)
Tremor during the first day of the eruption (image © OVPF-IPGP)
A new eruption started at the volcano yesterday morning. At least 4 eruptive fissures with lava fountaining opened on the SSE slope of the Dolomieu crater at around 06:35 local time.
A seismic crisis, heralding the rapid advance of magma towards the surface was registered at 06:03 local time, meaning that the eruption gave only about 30 minutes of final warning. However, elevated seismic activity and inflation during the past 2 weeks had preceded the eruption as precursor.
The lava fountains were reported to be initially about 30 m high, but bad weather prohibited detailed observations. Several lava flows began to travel downslope. Already in the afternoon, tremor started to decrease and had descended to one third of its initial value by early evening.
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Previous news
Tue, 12 Mar 2019, 19:40
Webcam image from yesterday showing the still-incandescent new lava flows. Credit: OVPF.
The eruption suddenly stopped on Sunday following a brief period of intense eruptive activity (apparently related to the unexpected opening of the new fissure as previously reported). The monitoring observatory has said there is no sign of renewal of activity, and that such dramatic terminations of eruptions are common. ... read all
Thu, 7 Mar 2019, 16:30
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 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. ... read all
Mon, 4 Mar 2019, 07:55
View of the lava flow from Piton de la Fournaise on 24 Feb (image courtesy: Christophe de Charette / Fournaise.info / facebook)
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"). ... read all

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