Réunion volcano ERUPTS – scientists warn of ‘SEISMIC CRISIS’ as one-mile crack forms

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
By Paul Martin

A VOLCANO on Reunion Island has begun ferociously erupting, causing a gigantic, one mile-long crack to splinter across the Piton de la Fournaise volcanic crater.

Tue, Apr 3, 2018

The Piton de la Fournaise volcano on Reunion Island, one of the most active in the world, began erupting this morning for the first time since July 2017.

One scientist warned of a “seismic crisis” after the eruption caused a crack in the crater stretching one mile across the French island, which is located in the Indian Ocean.

The eruption was so strong its effected could be seen by satellite, which experts warning it is continuing to “intensity”.

And the eruption also caused landslides and fumaroles – openings through which toxic gas escapes.

The Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP), a French governmental research institution, said: “The volcanic tremor continues to intensify.”

And IPGP seismologist Lucile Bruhat said on Twitter: “Volcanic eruption in progress in Reunion Island at Piton de la Fournaise. Seismic crisis this morning leading to dike (~1km long) opening.”

IPGP flew a helicopter over the volcano and said they’re local OVPF team had seen “lava fountains” erupting through the crust of the crater.

They said: “Following a reconnaissance made by a team of the OVPF at the ramparts of the Enclos, the eruptive activity could be confirmed.

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