The current eruption continues.
On the morning of Tuesday, October 13 (7:00 to the fifty-first day of eruption) the eruption which began on 24 August is continuing. The weather, at 7:00 this morning on the top of the volcano is completely cleared, only the large slope area (much lower than eruption) are covered.
The level of activity remains high and comparable to that in previous days. However a slight tendency to decrease in activity was recorded in the last days (see detailed bulletin of 9 October). To recall, in eruptive phase and no major change in the activity or in the recorded signals, the frequency of detailed bulletins of the Observatory is one by week.
After four eruptive episodes, the crisis will leave two quite remarkable lava mounds for them to are appointed. The eruptions of 2015 have not enlarged the area of Reunion but already let two eruptive cones that it will soon be baptized.
The current eruption, remarkable for its duration and intensity, is also by the new decor it will leave behind.
The Piton Bert curious have noticed in recent days, the eruptive cone now reached an impressive size. The numerical precision is given by the Observatory of Piton de la Fournaise. By crossing aerial photo and trigonometric calculation, the current eruption cone is 35 meters high. No doubt, it will be named shortly.
Nicolas Villeneuve, director of the OVPF, said that the event is rare. This is the first time since 2007 that a peak will be named. The latest is the Piton Tremblet. This is the former director Thomas Staudacher who had had the privilege of baptizing the mound formed by lava 8 years ago.
October 13, 2015. Piton de la Fournaise , La Réunion :
Source : OVPF, Zinfos974.
Photo : Chrisi Photography