Piton de la Fournaise

Piton de la Fournaise is an active basaltic shield volcano situated on the French Island of La Reunion. The 2,631m volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It has recorded over 150 eruptions which have produced fluid basaltic lava flows.

Location: Reunion Island, Indian Ocean
Coordinates: -21.230042, 55.709261
Volcano Type: Shield Volcano

 

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Piton de la Fournaise News

April 2021:  Fissure eruption at the Enclos depression building cinder cones and producing lava flows.

 


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Piton de la Fournaise's Eruptive History

2010 Fissure eruption (W crater rim) producing lava fountaining and flows.
2014 June - Eruption from two fissures and flows to 1.5km.
2015 Ongoing eruptions and lava flows. New cones built.
2017 Activity in lava tubes, white plumes observed. July - New fissures opened on the S flank, including one that extended 450m, producing multiple fountains reaching 30m.
2018 Short burst eruptive events (April and July). A further eruption occurred in September producing multiple fountains and lava flows.
2019 Eruption in Feb, producing a spatter cone and lava flows. Strong fire fountaining observed in March (50-100m high). June - Five fissures opened on the SE flank producing lava flows. October - Two fissures opened up, spewing lava for two days.
2020 April - Fissure eruption on the E flank. Fire fountaining to 30m and multiple lava flows.
2021 April - Fissure eruption at the Enclos depression building cinder cones and producing lava flows.

 


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No monitoring for this volcano available.

 


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