5/23/2015 — New Crack / Fissure opening at Piton De Fournaise volcano in French Reunion Islands

More volcano news has broke over the past 24 hours.

Piton de la Fournaise volcano (French Reunion Island) is now forming a new fissure — public access to the area is fully blocked.

The new “crack” (as they call it) could cause a new eruption with a large lava flow, something like what we saw many months ago during the last major global earthquake unrest event back in the Summer of 2014.


Above: June 2014, Piton De Fournaise begins eruption after several months of silence.


This volcano is located in the French Reunion Islands, and has not shown any major activity for several months.

The French Reunion islands are located in the South Indian Ocean, off the East coast of Madagascar (East coast of Africa).

reunion island earthquake


News report translated from French to English:

Eruption : A new crack may appear


After a stabilization period, the tremor continues to play yoyo. Since Thursday, May 21, the Volcanological Observatory of Piton de la Fournaise has recorded significant fluctuations of tremor, with periods in which the two levels.

17 volcano-tectonic earthquakes and meltdowns 3 were also identified between Thursday and Friday night. Sulphur emissions (SO2) remain, they, important summit of the Piton de la Fournaise.
Those responsible for OVPF add that the lava flow decreased significantly between the start of the eruption and the weekend.

Lava fountains over 50m high

During the night of 21 and 22 May, observers also reported that significant changes in activity were seen including at 3am an increase in the height of fountains (over 50 meters high) the collapse of part of the crater under construction and the establishment of a new very fluid lava drain on the right bank of the main flow.

Because of the continuing seismic activity and the potential emergence of a new casting, the Prefecture has ruled out the possibility of setting up a shuttle system in the sector Piton de la Fournaise, says the JIR. The enclosure also remains closed to the public.


Watch the eruption of this volcano as it began back in June 2014:


The Indian ocean saw two back to back 8.0M+ earthquakes in 2012. Worthy to note that when the two large Indian ocean earthquakes struck, several volcanoes showed activity including Piton de Fournaise.

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