Update on the first eruption of 2015

Volcano blows its top !

The Piton de La Fournaise erupted on Wednesday 4th February 2015

After the increase in seismic activity observed on the 1st February 2015, the Piton de la Fournaise started to erupt on Wednesday 4th February at 11 am (Reunion time).Thanks to its natural enclosure, this giant basaltic volcano, measuring 2,631m in height, presents no danger to the island's population or visitors. Volcano enthusiasts should come and see this amazing sight - unique in the Indian Ocean - for themselves.


Day 3: a new river of lava forms further west

From Saturday 7th February 2015, eruptive activity at the Piton de la Fournaise began to stabilise. However, Reunion's volcanic observatory reported two lava flows gushing from an erupted cone. This new river of lava was moving in a different direction from the first, channelled by the rugged terrain.

Day 4: more stable seismic activity

Since Sunday 8th February 2015, the vibrations felt at the site, caused by rising magma, have gradually decreased. Despite some unfavourable weather, with spells of heavy rain on the slopes of the volcanic massif, this year's first eruption of the Piton de la Fournaise, hasn't disappointed.

Day 5: the show continues!

On Monday 9th February 2015, after five days of activity, the spectacle of an erupting Piton de la Fournaise continues. There is still no public access to the enclosure, from either the Pas de Bellecombe pass or the route des laves (at the coast). Enthusiasts, wishing to observe the still-visible lava flows, are advised to admire the view from the Piton de Bert or the Piton de Bois Vert. Leave your vehicle in the Foc Foc car park, on the Plaine des Sables. Your excursion starts with a sixty metre descent; then after you reach the Piton Chisny car park, continue for six kilometres along an even trail. After an hour's walk, passing close to the ridge, you'll be able to enjoy a unique panoramic view of the lava fountain.


We have not seen the last of this volcano!

Are you tempted to visit Reunion's fire-breathing attraction? Local tour operators, specialising in volcano-themed holidays will organise a special trip so you can visit this volatile volcano.
Come and experience the majestic volcano Piton de la Fournaise for the first time!