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your guide to Réunion Island
Ile de la Réunion
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English language guide to the island
One of the world's most active volcanoes
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A basaltic shield volcano, Piton de la Fournaise, forms the SE half of Réunion Island, 800 km E of Madagascar. It has been one of the most active oceanic volcanoes, with more than 100 eruptions in the last 300 years and there have been between two and four eruptions annually since 1998. Much of its more than 530,000 year history overlapped with eruptions of the deeply dissected Piton des Neiges shield volcano to the NW. Three calderas formed at about 250,000, 65,000, and less than 5,000 years ago by progressive eastward slumping of the volcano. Numerous pyroclastic cones dot the floor of the calderas and their outer flanks.
Webcams and map of the volcano - Piton de la Fournaise
Eruption started 14/10/10 19:10 local time - source youtube
Eruption started 02/01/10 - source youtube
Eruption 14th December 2009 - time lapse film from webcam (ovpf)
Eruption of the century
For images and a full report see here.