REUNION VOLCANO: Dramatic pictures show lava and steam spewing from Piton de la Fournaise

Saturday, April 28, 2018
By Paul Martin

LAVA fountains and steam can be seen spewing out from one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Piton de la Fournaise, in images taken of the overnight eruption on Reunion island.

Sat, Apr 28, 2018

Piton de la Fournaise situated on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion started erupting overnight, according to the Piton de la Fournaise volcano observatory (OVPF).

The eruption began at 11.50pm local time on Friday, April 27, and continued into Saturday.

The eruptive fault opened on the southern flank of the volcano inside the Enclos – the central caldera of the volcano.

The area around the volcano is totally uninhabited and the eruptions pose little danger to the population of Reunion.

Since March this year, the number of volcanic-tectonic earthquakes has fluctuated, as well as their intensity.

It is the second time since the beginning of the year the volcano has erupted.

The previous eruption took place at the beginning of the month on April 3 and lasted only a few hours, with scientists recording a “seismic crisis”

The eruption triggered magma migration towards the surface of the volcano.

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