Eruptions

A quick update from Reunion Island on this fairly slow week, volcanically speaking:

“After permanent unrest with daily 30 to 100 seismic events, Piton de
la Fournaise volcano erupted again on Thursday November 27, 2008 at
11h50. The eruption is situated on the west side within the Dolomieu
crater at the same vent as the September 21 eruption and can probably
be considered as a second phase of the later.”

This comes from the Observatoire Volcanologique du Piton de la Fournaise (OVPF – link in French). Piton de la Fournaise is a shield volcano on Reunion Island that sees frequent basaltic eruptions, like many hotspot-related oceanic island volcanoes (such as Hawai’i).