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Piton de la Fournaise volcano, La Réunion Island (France): new eruption

Tuesday Nov 29, 2005 23:11 PM | BY: TOM PFEIFFER

The new eruption of Piton de la Fournaise from a fissure inside Domolmieu crater. (Photo: Patrick Devidal, published on Réunion's leading newspaper "Le Journal de l'île de la Réunion" -
The new eruption of Piton de la Fournaise from a fissure inside Domolmieu crater. (Photo: Patrick Devidal, published on Réunion's leading newspaper "Le Journal de l'île de la Réunion" -

Piton de la Fournaise volcano, La Réunion Island, erupted again for the third time this year. Here the original report from the volcano observatory: 
"Immediately after the last eruption in the Dolomieu crater, the permanent GPS network and extensometer network of the "Observatoire volcanologique du Piton de la Fournaise" continued to show strong surface deformations, indicating the preparation of a new eruptif event. Today, November 29, at 0559 in the morning a seismic crisis started and at 0625 eruption tremor indicated the beginning of the third eruption this year. A first vent opened in the western Dolomieu for about 3 hours. A second vent opened on the north flank with a main emission point at 2370 m altitude. Very few lava projections were visible, however a rapid and large lava flow went down the flank in direction of Piton Kapor. Further observations were impossible due to clouds, fog and rain."

Source: Thomas Staudacher, Observatoire volcanologique du Piton de la Fournaise

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Greetings from Athens! Tom  

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