Volcano erupts on the Island of Reunion

2015-02-05 10:21
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Cape Town - Reunion Island's volcano, the Piton de la Fournaise, has erupted for the first time since mid-2014 on Wednesday, the island's tourism authority said. 

" Thanks to its natural surrounds the Piton de la Fournaise presents no danger to inhabitants or visitors to the island and at 2 631 meters above sea level offers a sound and light show experience unique to this Indian Ocean island." 

As a standard precaution, state services have closed all trails that allow the public to access the top of the volcano; however, lava flows can be admired from the Coastal Grand Brûlé or from the sky in a helicopter or microlight. 

Click here to see spectacular images of the eruption 

Piton de la Fournaise Fast Facts: 

The Piton de la Fournaise was created 530 000 years ago.

It is Reunion Island's top tourist attraction.

It is located within a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is the younger version of the island's Piton des Neiges, which now forms the volcanic mountains of La Reunion.

It appears on the list of the most active volcanoes in the world. 

It's also one of the most studied volcanoes in the world, monitored closely by the international scientific community and the volcano observatory of Reunion.
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