Piton de la Fournaise volcano news & updates:
Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion Island): 5th eruption in 2019 started
Fri, 25 Oct 2019, 20:2320:23 PM | BY: T
Lava flow of Piton de la Fournaise's current eruption (image: PGHM / OVPF)
A new eruption, the 5th in 2019 so far, started today at 14:40, following a seismic crisis that had started at 04:15 in the morning, heralding the final ascent of magma to the surface.
Tremor of the eruption remains high (image: OVPF)
Two eruptive fissures opened relatively low at 1400 m altitude, about 1 km north of the Piton Tremblet, which formed during the large flank eruption in 2007.
At least two lava flows were issued from the fissures, the most active of which had reached an area below Piton Tremblet by 17:00 local time. Part of the lava flows over vegetated land, where bush fires started. Fire fighting aircraft are used to fight the flames.
Eruptions so far downslope often have the potential to cut the coastal road and reach the sea. It will depend on the strength of the eruption (i.e. the output rate and volume) whether this scenario will take place.
The eruption was expected after an increase of seismic activity had been noted during the past days.
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Fri, 25 Oct 2019, 12:00
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Fri, 16 Aug 2019, 07:20
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Thu, 15 Aug 2019, 16:25
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Tue, 13 Aug 2019, 17:21
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Mon, 12 Aug 2019, 05:58
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