Piton de la Fournaise again erupting on Reunion Island

It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. After a first eruption in April which lasted six weeks, the Piton de la Fournaise, on the island of Reunion, erupted for the second time of the year on Wednesday, December 22 at 3:30 a.m. local time (0 h 30, Paris time), indicates the volcanological observatory. At least three eruptive cracks have opened on the southern flank of the volcano in the enclosure (the central caldera of the volcano), volcanologists have noted. The eruption takes place in a totally uninhabited area and does not present a danger to the population

Alternating phases of seismicity and calm for several weeks, the Piton de la Fournaise gave its first signs of waking up around 1:15 a.m. local time (11:15 p.m. Tuesday, Paris time). “This seismic crisis is accompanied by rapid deformation”, sign “That the magma is leaving the magmatic reservoir and is spreading towards the surface” the volcanological observatory then pointed out. He stated that“An eruption is likely shortly in the next few minutes or hours”.

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    The piton of the furnace woke up on the national holiday. All around the volcano, the island classified as World Heritage by Unesco is a natural gem that attracts many tourists. Romain Philippon, who lives there, explored it with his camera.

    Reunion Island reveals abrupt relief, shaped by erosion and its two most important volcanoes, the Piton des Neiges and the Piton de la Fournaise, still active. At an altitude of 1,400 m, the Hauts de l’Île conceal the cirque of Mafate, which here houses the village of Nouvelle. Romain Philippon for M Le magazine du Monde

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    The Fête des Goyaviers, which takes place in June on the Plaine-des-Palmistes. Romain Philippon for M Le magazine du Monde

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    In the second round of the presidential election, Reunion voted 60.26% for Emmanuel Macron, and 39.74% for Marine Le Pen, nearly 5% more than the national average for the FN. Here, activists during a meeting of Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012. Romain Philippon for M Le magazine du Monde

  • A lodge nestled in the primary forest of Bélouve dominates the Cirque de Salazie, regions which remain difficult to access.

    A lodge nestled in the primary forest of Bélouve dominates the Cirque de Salazie, regions which remain difficult to access. Romain Philippon for M Le magazine du Monde

  • The beach of Trou d'eau, in Saline-les-Bains. Very popular with locals, it owes its name to a natural well opening onto a lava tunnel filled with water.

    The beach of Trou d’eau, in Saline-les-Bains. Very popular with locals, it owes its name to a natural well opening onto a lava tunnel filled with water. Romain Philippon for M Le magazine du Monde

  • In Reunion, the mixing of populations makes religious cults coexist. While the majority of the population is Christian, a quarter of the inhabitants practice Hinduism. The island also has Muslims and Buddhists. Here, the cemetery of Saint-Gilles.

    In Reunion, the mixing of populations makes religious cults coexist. While the majority of the population is Christian, a quarter of the inhabitants practice Hinduism. The island also has Muslims and Buddhists. Here, the cemetery of Saint-Gilles. Romain Philippon for M Le magazine du Monde

  • Marcel, a resident of Saint-Leu, on the west coast of the island.

    Marcel, a resident of Saint-Leu, on the west coast of the island. Romain Philippon for M Le magazine du Monde

  • Before the cultivation of sugar cane, tourism was the island's primary economic resource. Bus tour on the road to Îlet-à-Cordes, in the heart of the Cilaos circus.

    Before the cultivation of sugar cane, tourism was the island’s primary economic resource. Bus tour on the road to Îlet-à-Cordes, in the heart of the Cilaos circus. Romain Philippon for M Le magazine du Monde

  • A picnic on Sunday, at the Anse waterfalls, under a huge coconut grove.

    A picnic on Sunday, at the Anse waterfalls, under a huge coconut grove. Romain Philippon for M Le magazine du Monde

  • The Sacré-Coeur shopping center, in the city of Port.

    The Sacré-Coeur shopping center, in the city of Port. Romain Philippon for M Le magazine du Monde

Located in the south-east of Reunion, the Piton de la Fournaise has erupted around twenty times over the past ten years. The eruptions of the Reunion volcano are described as effusive or of the Hawaiian type. Most of the lava flows over the surface of the volcano, unlike explosive eruptions that spew clouds of ash high into the sky.

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Piton de la Fournaise again erupting on Reunion Island

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