#Reunion’s Piton de la Fournaise erupts again


(Posted 03rd April 2018)

Piton de la Fournaise eruption - © IRT / L. Perrot - archive image

At 11 hrs yesterday did the Piton de la Fournaise erupt again for the first time in 2018. After some tremors recorded throughout the month of January and February, suggesting another eruption was on the way, the active volcano of Reunion has just erupted again and provides a spectacle of sorts especially at night.
At an altitude of 2,631 meters, the Piton de la Fournaise offers one of the most unique pyrotechnic shows in the Indian Ocean! According to the information provided by the volcanological observatory, the source of this eruption is located on the north flank near the side of Nez Coupé de Sainte-Rose.

This Hawaiian volcano , which appears on the list of the most active in the world, is one of the most studied and monitored by the international scientific community and the volcanological observatory of Reunion. Thanks to its natural enclosure, the first tourist site of Reunion in terms of frequentation, presents no danger for the population nor for the visitors.

Travel in volcanic lands

In Reunion, walking on the slopes of the sulphurous fire-spitting volcano is a trendy attraction: tour operators specialists in volcanic holidays have all included visits to the Piton de la Fournaise in their programme. This all-flashy volcano, when erupting, fires up its fountains and lava flows on its basaltic slopes sometimes flow as far as into the Indian Ocean after crossing one of the main roads of the island.

Want to push the experience further? The City of Volcano , located in the Plain of Cafres, offers a trip to the center of the Earth to meet volcanoes, virtual style.

For a complete immersion in the bowels of the Piton de la Fournaise, do not miss the lava tunnels. Specialists identify no less than fifty underground tunnels around Saint-Philippe and Sainte-Rose that lead visitors close to the previous lava flows of 2004 or 2007.
Equipped with a helmet and a headlamp that visitors will be able to experience an intrigueing natural science lesson, through impressive volcanic galleries that can reach more than a kilometer long.

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