Reunion Island’s famous volcano erupted for the second time this year. Three eruptive cracks opened in the enclosure and are visible from the Piton de Bert.
It is a very spectacular surprise that is offered to tourists from Reunion Island. While in a light sleep, Piton de la Fournaise erupted on December 22 at 3:30 a.m. and lava tunnel activity continues. It began on December 23, the day after the awakening of the volcano. The mountain spat out long lava flows, which have since been advancing at moderate speed on the slopes of the volcano and do not represent a priori any danger.
Among the most active volcanoes on the planet
This is the second eruption of the year for the Piton de la Fournaise, after that of April 9. The volcano is among the most active on the planet, like Etna in Italy or Kilauea in Hawaii. When not in operation, it is accessible to hikers and motorists via dedicated roads and trails. Its volcanic activity is currently observable from the Piton de Bert, a mountain peak culminating at 2274 meters above sea level.
As a reminder, a state of health emergency has been declared on Reunion Island. A negative PCR or antigen test of less than 24 hours is now mandatory for all travelers (regardless of their vaccination status) wishing to go there.