Piton de la Fournaise, first eruption of the year 2020 !

Eruption du Piton de la Fournaise - IRT/Luc Perrot (Images d'Archives)

Published on 10 February 2020

The Piton de la Fournaise again erupted on Monday February 10, 2020 at 11.00 am (local time). Reunion Island’s volcano, which is one of the most active in the world, puts on a spectacular show on a large scale for the first time this year! Piton de la Fournaise is world-famous for its amazing eruptions which are safe for observers looking for adventure and a unique experience.

The first lava flows from Reunion Island’s volcano appeared on Monday February 10, 2020 at 11.00 am (local time). According to the Volcanological Observatory of Piton de la Fournaise, the tremor is located on the eastern flank of the volcano. This time the volcano eruption is visible from the RN2 (Route des laves).

Piton de la Fournaise, a Hawaiian-type volcano, rises to a height of 2631 metres and has its own natural enclosure. It presents no danger for the population or for visitors who want to admire this unique pyrotechnic show in the Indian Ocean.
 
Please note that the Prefect of Reunion Island has triggered alert phase 2-2 "eruption underway in the Fouqué enclosure" under the Orsec volcano arrangements. Public access to the enclosure from Pas de Bellecombe or any other trail is prohibited until further notice.
 
"Reunion Island, the ultimate experience"
 
Piton de la Fournaise is one of Reunion Island’s major tourist attractions. This exceptional natural event once again puts the Ultimate Experience island in the spotlight: it’s a new opportunity for the population and visitors to watch a breathtaking spectacle on Reunion Island.
 
Reunion island is intensely volcanic! With four spectacular eruptions in 2018, Piton de la Fournaise has five eruptions under its belt in 2019!
 
Piton de La Fournaise: from the Earth to the Moon
 
As part of the island’s UNESCO World Heritage site, Piton de la Fournaise forms part of Reunion Island’s volcanic mountain range along with its older sibling, Piton des Neiges. To reach this effusive volcano, you have to cross the remarkable red-tinged landscapes of Plaine des Sables, which look remarkably like those on Mars.
 
Journey to the centre of the Earth
 
Do you fancy taking things further? Pay Piton de la Fournaise a visit at the Cité du Volcan, located in Plaine des Cafres. Through an innovative and interactive museum experience that’s both fun and educational, you’ll discover Reunion Island’s geological history.
 
For an all-round experience in the bowels of Piton de la Fournaise, there's nothing like the lava tubes! There are some fifty underground passages around Saint-Philippe and Sainte-Rose, which lead to the old lava flows dating from 2004 and 2007. Authorised guides supervise this extraordinary activity so that both young and old can enjoy the best possible experience. With a helmet and headlamp, you can experience a fun natural science lesson with family or friends through impressive galleries that can reach more than a kilometre in length.
 
You’ll find full HD videos of Piton de La Fournaise updated every half-hour (day and night), on reunion.fr:
https://www.reunion.fr/pratique/webcams/webcam-volcan-piton-de-la-fournaise