The Piton de la Fournaise observatory reports that the famous Reunion Island volcano erupted this Wednesday for the second time of the year. At least four open cracks on the southern flank have been identified.
The rash occurred in an uninhabited area. “This seismic crisis is accompanied by rapid deformation”, a sign “that the magma is leaving the magmatic reservoir and is spreading towards the surface”, analyze the scientists.
The rash at #PitondelaFurnaise continues. In the end, 4 cracks opened up on the southern flank. At 8:30 am the most important activity was on the lowest crack in altitude at 2000 m. © ️OVPF-IPGP. Full press release here https://t.co/CDi2nTAAsL pic.twitter.com/9S1OrW1KMR
– Piton de la Fournaise Volcanological Observatory (@ObsFournaise) December 22, 2021
The last such event dates back to last April and ended six weeks later. It had aroused the curiosity of the Reunionese, leading the prefect to take measures to discourage walkers and hikers (ban on bivouacs and camping). At the time, the island was under curfew from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Piton de la Fournaise is considered to be one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Fortunately, its spectacular eruptive phenomena remain mostly harmless, since they generally flow over the surface of the volcano.