The Volcano Observatory recorded since July 6 at 12 o’clock. « an increase in the number of low-intensity earthquakes located below the top of the volcano , at shallow depth (91 earthquakes of magnitude 0.5 to 1 at a depth of about 1,500 m. below the top) and a persistent deformation (inflation ) on the northern edge of the crater.. « Because of the magma ascent in progress , an eruption is probable at more or less short term. The distortions are likely to destabilize the cliff of Dolomieu crater..
In these circumstances, the prefect has decided to implement the alert phase 1 « probable eruption » of the specific device ‘ORSEC volcano , « from that day at 14.00. As a result, the public access to the upper part of the Enclos of the Piton de la Fournaise is prohibited until further notice, either from the path of Pas de Bellecombe or from any other path, and the rest of helicopter in the area. The National Police and the national Office of forests are responsible for ensuring the implementation of these security measures on the site.
July 07, 2015. Piton de la Fournaise , La Réunion :
Source : Fournaise info.
Photo : Planète Vivante