Located in southeastern Reunion, Piton de la Fournaise is one of the most active volcanoes on the planet.
Piton de la Fournaise erupted on 2 July 2023 at around 8.30am (local time).
According to the Piton de la Fournaise Volcano Observatory (OVPF), the origin of the eruption was located on the steep slopes of the east side.
The prefect of Reunion decided to trigger the 2-1 alert phase, ‘eruption in progress in the enclosure’ (without endangering people, property or the environment) of the specific Orsec Volcano plan, on 2 July 2023 at 8.30am (local time).
The beautiful spectacle offered when Piton de la Fournaise erupts is visible from the Route des Laves (Route Nationale 2 between the town centres of Sainte-Rose and Saint-Philippe). This road remains open to traffic, but it is forbidden to leave the road to reach the lava flow.
Public access to the entire Piton de la Fournaise enclosure (upper and lower parts plus the steep slopes) remains prohibited until further notice, from the Pas de Bellecombe and all other paths.
Reminder: regulations apply to the landing of aircraft in the volcano area and permission must be sought from the prefecture.
At this stage, the RN2 road remains open to traffic.
(Source: Reunion Island Prefecture)