THE REUNION Island volcano has seen its fourth eruption of the year as it burst to life at the weekend, after scientists noticed an increase in the volcano’s seismic activity.
The Piton de la Fournaise has erupted for the fourth time this year after it woke up once again on Saturday, September 15 to erupt in a spectacular fashion.
Incredible drone footage shows aerial shots of the erupting volcano at nighttime, as a lava flow dramatically flows from the volcano’s crater.
An increase in the volcano’s seismic activity has been recorded since the beginning of September.
The eruption began at 4.25am local time and the flow had travelled 2.8km by Tuesday evening was 500m from the southern wall of Enclos Fouqué.
According to the Volcanological Observatory of the Piton de la Fournaise (OVPF), “the fissures or eruptive mouths opened on the southern flank of the volcano” inside the enclosure and the central caldera of the volcano.
The eruption takes place in a totally uninhabited area and presents no danger to people and property.
The OVPF said: “The volcanic tremor remains at a relatively stable and low level despite some variations over the past few hours.”
During the day on September 18, four volcanic-tectonic earthquakes were recorded under the summit crater and an additional one on September 19.
Several volcanic fissures have opened on the southern flank of the volcanic in the Rivals Crater area.
Lava fountains have reached nearly 30 metres high, meaning the eruption is visible from the Piton de Bert.