Piton de la Fournaise: 5th Eruption of the year started

The expected eruption at Piton de la Fournaise started at 14.40 (local time). According to first reports, 2 fissures opened relatively far below the volcanic slope at 1400 m altitude. They are located about 1 km north of Piton Tremblet, which formed in 2007 during a large flank eruption. Several lava flows began to flow, at least one of which is still active and already below the Piton Tremblet. The lava flows at the edge of the older lava field from 2007 and set Vegetaion on fire. Fire-fighting planes are used to fight the flames. Eruptions so far below the volcano often have the potential to interrupt the coastal road. The lava could even reach the sea. It is the 5th volcanic eruption on La Réunion this year.