ALERT LEVEL: 2-2 Eruption Alert underway
The prefect of Reunion has triggered today at 8:30 am the alarm 2-2 Plan “ORSEC * Volcano” eruption in progress.
Public access to the Enclos Fouqué, either from the path of the Pas de Bellecombe or from any other path as well as the helicopter landing in the volcano area is prohibited until further notice.
ACTIVITY RECORDED BY THE VOLCANOLOGICAL OBSERVATORY :
From 8:05 today (Thursday, 26 May 2016), the Volcanological Observatory recorded a volcanic tremor whose strongest signal is recorded on the Chateau Fort station (southeast of the Enclos). This signal is characteristic of an ongoing eruption.
This signal indicates that one or more crack (s) has opened near the cone of Chateau Fort .
The eruption was preceded by a seismic crisis that began à23h40 on May 25 (local time). This seismic crisis was accompanied by deformation resulting of an intrusion of magma towards the surface. This intrusion was also located in the southeast flank of Piton de la Fournaise (crater sector Château Fort).
This rapid increase followed a rise in inflation observed in recent days.
Activity bulletin of Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 09:45 (local time):
Since 8:05 this morning, the volcano observatory recorded volcanic tremor whose strongest signal is recorded on the station Chateau Fort (southeast of the Enclos). This signal is characteristic of an ongoing eruption.
This signal indicates that one or more crack (s) eruptive have opened near the cone of Château Fort .
Due to bad weather (70 mm of rain recorded in this area in the last 12 hours) no visual confirmation could be made.
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May 26 , 2016. Piton de la Fournaise , La Réunion :
Source : OVPF
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