Piton De La Fournaise Volcano (La Réunion): Volcano Might Be Heading For New Eruption!

The volcano has been showing signs of unrest that might be (but not necessarily) precursors of a new eruption. Since the beginning of the month, shallow (0-2 km depth) volcanic earthquakes of rock-fracturing type under the Dolomieu crater (the main vent of the volcano) have been more frequent, probably caused by a new magma intrusion.

The volcano observatory’s (OVPF) latest statement mentions that 111 “collapses” have occurred recently on the Dolomieu crater, the Enclos and on the lava flow of Aug-Oct 2015.

Furthermore, it seems that new deformation has started during the past days, which would fit into the picture that the volcano is likely preparing itself for a new eruption, although the trend was still unclear and needs to be confirmed.

Gas emissions have not shown any significant variation above background levels. The most recent eruption began on 26 May 2016.

Source: Volcano Discovery



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