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Volcanic eruptions

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The Piton de La Fournaise volcanic eruptions

 

 

 

 

Dictionary of volcano terminology

Tremor

Recording of volcanic vibrations by a seismograph

ORSEC 

Civil Security Response

The volcanic eruption in 2020

 

 

 

The first volcanic eruption in 2020

 Beginning of the eruption: Monday 10th February 2020, 10:50am (local time)

End of the eruption: Sunday 16th February 2020, 2:12pm (local time)

The Piton de la Fournaise volcano on Reunion Island erupted for the first time this year. The tremor was pinpointed to the east side of the volcano, at an altitude of 2,000 metres. This time, the volcanic eruption could be seen from the RN2 (Route des Laves). The volcanic eruption ended 6 days later.

The second volcanic eruption in 2020

 Beginning of the eruption: Thursday 2nd April 2020, 1pm (local time)

End of the eruption: Monday 6th April 2020, 1:30pm (local time)

The Piton de la Fournaise volcano on Reunion Island has erupted for the second time this year. For the very first time in the history of this volcano on Reunion Island, nobody was there to witness it. Visitors were in self-isolation due to the world health crisis. The tremor was pinpointed to the east side of the volcano, inside the chamber. The volcanic eruption ended 4 days later.

The volcanic eruption in 2019

The first volcanic eruption in 2019

 Beginning of the eruption: Monday 18th February 2019, 9:48am (local time)

End of the eruption: Sunday 10th March 2019, 6:28am (local time)

The Piton de la Fournaise volcano, one of the most active volcanos in the world, erupted for the first time this year 2019. The volcano spewed lava for around twelve hours. Just over 24 hours after the end of the first eruption of the year, the Piton de la Fournaise woke up once again! At the end of the day on Tuesday 19th February, it erupted once again.
After this eruption, the Reunion Island Prefect decided to trigger the safeguarding protocol as defined by the ORSEC plan for the Piton de la Fournaise volcano.

The second volcanic eruption in 2019

 Beginning of the eruption: Tuesday 11th June 2019, 6:35am approx. (local time)

The Piton de la Fournaise volcano on Reunion Island erupted once again. It was the second volcanic eruption of the year! A much-awaited event by locals and visitors alike, for this volcano, one of the most active in the world. According to news reports from the Observatoire Volcanologique du Piton de la Fournaise, the source of the tremor* is believed to have been pinpointed to the summit area of the volcano. The eruption could be seen mainly from the RN2 (the coastal road), as long as the sky was clear.
On that day, Tuesday 11th June 2019 at 7am, the Prefect decided to trigger alert 2-2 “Eruption underway inside the Fouqué chamber”, as defined by the ORSEC volcano plan.

The third volcanic eruption in 2019

Beginning of the eruption: Monday 29th July 2019, 12pm (local time)

End of the eruption: Tuesday 30th July 2019, 4:30am approx. (local time)

The volcano erupted for the third time this year. This eruption lasted less than one day and ended the next morning. The eruption was confirmed by the Observatoire Volcanologique du Piton de la Fournaise (OVPF).

The fourth volcanic eruption in 2019

 Beginning of the eruption: Sunday 11th August 2019, 4:20pm (local time)

End of the eruption: Thursday 15th August 2019, 10:20pm (local time)

The Piton de la Fournaise volcano on Reunion Island erupted for the fourth time this year. The fissure vent opened up inside the Fouqué Chamber, in the Grande Pentes sector in the south-west of the island. The volcanic eruption ended 4 days later.

The fifth volcanic eruption in 2019

 Beginning of the eruption: Friday 25th October 2019, 3pm (local time)

End of the eruption: Sunday 27th October 2019, 4:30pm (local time)

The Piton de la Fournaise volcano on Reunion Island erupted for the fifth time this year. The fissure vent opened up inside the Fouqué Chamber, in the Grande Pentes sector in the south-west of the island. The volcanic eruption ended 3 days later.

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The volcanic eruptions in 2018

The first volcanic eruption in 2018

Beginning of the eruption: Tuesday 3rd April 2018, 11am (local time)

End of the eruption: Wednesday 4th April 2018, 4am (local time)

The Piton de la Fournaise erupted once again. The eruption ended the next day. On that day, the Reunion Island Prefect triggered alert 2-2 of the “ORSEC Volcano” plan: eruption underway in the chamber.

The second volcanic eruption in 2018

Beginning of the eruption: 27th April 2018, 11:50pm (local time)

End of the eruption: 1st June 2018.

The Piton de la Fournaise erupted on the south side, near the central crater, and the eruption ended on the Friday.

Observation: The volcanic activity does not affect the local people, it offers a unique spectacle for visitors who can observe the eruptions in complete safety from the surrounding areas of the volcano.

The third volcanic eruption in 2018

Beginning of the eruption: 13th July 2018, 4:30am (local time)

End of the eruption: 13th July 2018, 10pm (local time)

The Piton de la Fournaise eruption for the second time in less than 5 months. Fountains of lava could be seen from the Pas de Bellecombe. On the 14th August 2018, the Reunion Island Prefecture issued a decree restricting public access to the area around the Piton de la Fournaise.

The fourth volcanic eruption in 2018

Beginning of the eruption: 15th September 2018, 4:25am (local time)

End of the eruption: 1st November 2018

This is the third time that the Piton de la Fournaise volcano has erupted this year. According to the Observatoire Volcanologique du Piton de la Fournaise, the volcanic eruption was pinpointed to the Fouqué chamber. The fissure vents opened up on the south side of the volcano, around Rivals crater. The eruption could therefore be seen from the footpath leading to the Piton de Bois Vert.

Volcanic eruptions on Reunion Island

A unique spectacle
Observation

The general public can enjoy the show as the eruption is visible from the Piton de Bert, which can be accessed on foot from the Foc Foc car park.

 

Observation

Public access to the Fouqué chamber and helicopter landings in the area around the volcano are forbidden until further notice. The eruption is in the central caldera of the volcano, in an uninhabited area of the south-east of the island, and does not present any danger to the population.

Volcanic Eruptions in 2016

The first of the year: Thursday 26th May 2016, the volcano began to erupt at 8:05am. The eruption is underway inside the chamber, near the Piton de Bert.

The second eruption of 2016 began on Sunday 11th September 2016, at 8:41am (local time), and ended on Sunday 18th September at 4:18am (local time).This eruption could be seen from the Pas de Bellecombe-Jacob and was intense and memorable for the many visitors who made the trip to witness it.

Volcanic eruptions in 2015

The Piton de la Fournaise is very much worthy of its name and reputation (Fournaise = furnace in French), as the volcano was extremely active in 2015. Come and see this wonder of Mother Nature with your own eyes, and don’t forget to bring your camera so you can look back on the photos of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. An emotional experience guaranteed !

 

 

17th May 2015 and 4th February 2015

It’s understandable that we give this volcano so much credit: it is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, with an eruption every nine months on average. The Piton de la Fournaise erupted on Friday 17th May 2015 at 1:45pm, and calmed back down on Saturday 30th May 2015 at 8:50pm.

This was the second time for the year 2015, it had already erupted on Wednesday 4th February 2015, and the eruption lasted until Monday 16th February 2015.

All things come in threes !

The day before the 5th anniversary of the exceptional landscapes and natural phenomenon listed as World Heritage by Unesco, the Piton de la Fournaise volcano provided visitors with the greatest of gifts.

The Piton de la Fournaise erupted on Friday 31st July 2015 at 9:55am. According to the Observatoire Volcanologique, the eruption was pinpointed to north-east of Dolomieu, near Faujas crater.

The Piton de la Fournaise has risen from the ashes

It erupted for the fourth time this year, on Monday 24th August at 6:50pm, after a fairly short seismic episode. The eruption provided an all-round spectacle, from the north-north-west of Bory crater, visible from the Piton de Bert as well as the Pas de Bellecombe-Jacob.

New activity for the Piton de la Fournaise on the 30th October 2015

After an increase in seismic activity, the volcano also displayed some effusive activity. Since 4am this morning, this activity gained momentum and became similar to that of Saturday 24th October. The activity has been pinpointed to the crater formed during the eruption that began on the 24th August, in the area around the Rivals crater, visible from the Piton de Bert
Consequently, at 7:30am today, the Reunion Island Prefect triggered the alert 2-2 of the “ORSEC Volcano” plan: eruption underway.

Back on high volcanic alert

The data recorded by the Observatoire Volcalogique du Piton de la Fournaise is rather worrying. It shows evidence of a new build-up of pressure inside the volcano, as well as earthquakes, both deep inside and at the peak since the end of the effusive phase. An eruption is likely to occur in the coming days or weeks. For that reason, the Prefect decided to activate the alert phase of the Orsec Volcano plan for the Piton de la Fournaise, from the 17th November 2015 at 12pm.