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La Réunion, -21.24°S / 55.71°E
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Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion Island): eruption continues, lava flows only 2 km from coastal road

Tuesday Aug 13, 2019 17:21 PM | BY: T

Lava flows from the current eruption of Piton de la Fournaise this morning (image: OVPF)
Lava flows from the current eruption of Piton de la Fournaise this morning (image: OVPF)
Location of the eruptive fissures (image: OVPF)
Location of the eruptive fissures (image: OVPF)
The eruption on the volcano continues into its 3rd day. Differently from the last short-lived last July, it seems this time it is well-fed and much more intense: lava flows have already reached considerable distance and were only about 2 km away from the coastal road when volcanologists from the observatory (OVPF) could undertake an aerial survey earlier today.
On Sunday, two eruption fissures opened up on the eastern flank of Dolomieu crater near the edge to the Grandes Pentes, at 1700 and 1500 m altitude and 1400 m apart from each other. At the time of this morning's overflow, only the lower fissure was still active and several cinder cones already had formed along it.
Lava flows emerging from it formed several branches before joining into two major arms, which had reached a vegetated area downslope at ab out 2 m distance from the coastal road. Their fronts were slowing down here, but if the alimentation rate continues to be high, they might again reach and cross the road. This happened last time during the big eruption in 2007.
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Previous news
Deformation of the summit area of Piton de la Fournaise volcano during yesterday with the interpreted magma movement shown as arrows (image: OVPF)
Monday, Aug 12, 2019
The 4th eruption of the volcano in 2019 started yesterday afternoon, but so far, little details are known. ... [more]
Satellite image of Piton de la Fournaise volcano on 11 Aug 2019
Sunday, Aug 11, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Tremor during Piton de la Fournaise's short-lived latest eruption (image: OVPF)
Tuesday, Jul 30, 2019
The 3rd eruption of the volcano this year already paused or maybe ended after a bit more than 16 hours of activity. ... [more]
Monday, Jul 29, 2019
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Toulouse (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Tremor signal during the latest eruption of Piton de la Fournaise volcano (image: OVPF)
Thursday, Jun 13, 2019
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. [more]

 

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