In recent days, the Piton de la Fournaise has been subject to close observation, and over the past 24 hours, the OVPF has recorded not only an increase in the number of earthquakes but also of increasing intensity and a persistent deformation at the summit of the volcano. According to the prefecture of La Réunion, an eruption is, therefore, likely to take place in the near future.
Image via www.reunion.fr
Under these circumstances, the Prefect of Reunion decided to implement alert phase 1 which suggests a probable eruption on April 29, 2015 starting at 6 pm. Public access to the upper part of the enclosure of the Piton de la Fournaise, either from the path of Pas de Bellecombe or from any other path, and the helicopter landing on the rim of the crater, are now prohibited until further notice. The National Gendarmerie and the National Forestry Office (ONF) are the responsible organizations to ensure the implementation of these security measures at the site.
This volcano, which appears on the list of the most active in the world, is one of the most studied and monitored by the international scientific community and the volcano observatory of Reunion Island. Walking on the slopes of this sulfuric fire-breathing “dragon” is an essential activity for visitors to the island, and adventurers in search of intense adrenalin-raising adventures should do not hesitate to consult the specialist tour operator on the island for suggestions on the volcanic theme. Those on the island at the right time may be lucky enough to watch the fountains and glowing lava flowing down the slopes of this basaltic volcano as it spits fire and flame. And should it even happen that the lava rivers meet the Indian Ocean after crossing the road, this is considered the ultimate spectacle one can think of when visiting Reunion Island as the waters of the Indian Ocean are caused to boil and evaporate from the intense heat when the two elements meet.