Piton de la Fournaise: New eruption has begun

At Piton de la Fournaise the 4th volcanic eruption began this year. The eruption started on Sunday afternoon. Seismic data indicated that a fissure opened on the eastern flank. It is at a much lower altitude than the 3 previous ones. The volcanologists suspect the eruption centre at the edge of the caldera, where the steep slope of the Grand Brûlé begins. On the steep slope, lava flows reach high speed and have the potential to reach the ocean, provided enough lava is extracted. Thick clouds have so far prevented visual observation of the event, but I assume that the first images will soon reach us.

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