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© Lionel GHIGHI

A summary of the 3rd eruption

of the year at the Piton de la Fournaise

In the morning on Friday 31st July 2015, the Piton de la Fournaise erupted for the third time of the year. At the end of the day, we started to plan our trip to go and see the show at night, to really make the most of the amazing colours of the eruption.


Keep your eyes wide open!

Right there in front of our eyes was a crack around 1 kilometre long (according to the Piton de la Fournaise Volcano Observatory) with several eruptive openings to the right.

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A unique moment to witness !

Lava was spurting out of the main crack, several metres into the air.

A surprising experience from beginning to end

At around 2:30am, we decided to leave the show behind us and head back down to the Bellecombe car park. The temperature had dropped a little, and some ice had formed on the volcanic rock that was lit up with our headlamps, giving the impression that we were looking at a trail of precious stones.

Once we had left the car park, we thought we would have a quiet journey back and that the show was over for tonight, but we hadn’t even considered the landscape at the Plaine des Sables, which was fantastic as the full moon shone down on the ice.