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.
Three other eruptions have already happened since the beginning of the year.
Located in the south-east of Reunion, Piton de la Fournaise is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
The volcano has erupted about fifteen times in the last ten years and rivals Kilauea in Hawaii, Stromboli and Etna in Italy and Mount Erebus in Antarctica, as one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
The magnificent spectacle of the eruption of Piton de la Fournaise has drawn in tourists from across the world to Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean – it is one of the island’s main tourist destinations.
Most eruptions of Piton de la Fournaise are of the Hawaiian style when fluid basaltic lava flows out with fire fountaining at the vent.
This volcano is over 530,000 years old, and for most of its history, its flows have intermingled with those from Piton des Neiges, a larger, older and heavily eroded extinct volcano which forms the northwest two-thirds of Réunion Island.
There were three episodes of caldera collapses 250,000, 65,000 and 5,000 years ago.