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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 eruptions:
1900, 1901, 1901, 1902, 1903(?), 1904, 1905, 1907, 1908(?), 1909, 1910, 1913, 1915, 1917, 1920, 1921, 1924, 1924, 1925-26, 1926-27, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933-34, 1935(?), 1936, 1937, 1938, 1938-39, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947(?), 1948, 1948(?), 1950, 1951(?), 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955-57, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1964-65, 1966, 1972, 1973, 1973, 1975-76, 1976, 1977, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983-84, 1985-88, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1998, 1999, 2000 (Feb-March), 2001 (March-April), 2001 (June-July), 2002 (Jan.), 2002 (Nov-Dec), 2003 (May) - 2004 (Jan), 2004 (May), 2004 (Aug-Oct), 2005 (Feb-March), 2005 (Oct), 2005 (Nov), 2005 (Dec)-2006 (Jan), 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 (Oct), 2010 (Dec), 2014 (June), 2015 (Feb), 2015 (May), 2015 (Aug-Oct), 2016 (May, Sep), 2017 (Jan-Mar), 2018 (Apr, 2x), 2018 (Sep), 2019 (Feb, June, July, Aug, Oct), 2020 (Feb)
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Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion Island): 3rd eruption in 2019 ends or pauses after less than one day

Tuesday Jul 30, 2019 14:47 PM | BY: T
Tremor during Piton de la Fournaise's short-lived latest eruption (image: OVPF)
Tremor during Piton de la Fournaise's short-lived latest eruption (image: OVPF)
View of the eruption site yesterday (image: OVPF-IPGP, Imaz Press, Réunion La 1ère)
View of the eruption site yesterday (image: OVPF-IPGP, Imaz Press, Réunion La 1ère)
The 3rd eruption of the volcano this year already paused or maybe ended after a bit more than 16 hours of activity.
A seismic crisis had started on 29 July on 05:13 local time, followed by the opening of 3 eruptive fissures at around 12:00. The fissures, which erupted low lava fountains and fed several lava flows, were located on the northern flank (600 m from Formica Léo) covering a total length of approx. 450 m, on top of the July 2018 lava flows.
Eruptive intensity decreased gradually and ceased today at 04:30, marking the end or at least a pause in the eruption. However, given the small volume of lava erupted, it is possible that activity resumes in a near future.
If the eruption really has ended already, it would not be extremely unusual, but certainly one of the volcano's shortest eruptions in recent times.
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Previous news
Thursday, Jun 13, 2019
Tremor signal during the latest eruption of Piton de la Fournaise volcano (image: OVPF)
The eruption which had started early on 11 June ended today around noon. It had thus lasted only little more than two days, one of the volcano's typical brief but (at least in the beginning) intense eruptions. ... read all
Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019
Photo of one of the eruptive fissures at 15:30 on 11 June (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. ... read all
Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019
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

 

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