A pleasant surprise for the holiday season: Piton de la Fournaise is erupting for the second time this year

Eruption of Piton de la Fournaise in 2019

For the second time this year, Reunion Island’s active volcano Piton de la Fournaise is erupting. The eruption started early today on the south side of the volcano, at about 2000 metres elevation. The first eruption of the year took place in late spring, and lasted a total of 1,5 months. Eruptions of Piton de la Fournaise are quite common, as it is one of the most active volcanoes on Earth.

Eruptions of Piton de la Fournaise are a spectacular sight, and usually also harmless to the general public. Every eruption is a big event in Reunion Island and many locals make the trip to see the eruption. I would highly recommend to visit Piton de la Fournaise during the eruption, if one would be fortunate enough to be visiting the island during an active eruption. Especially during night time these eruptions are a sight to be remembered.

For images of the latest eruption, please visit: https://la1ere.francetvinfo.fr/reunion/la-deuxieme-eruption-de-l-annee-du-piton-de-la-fournaise-en-images-1186861.html

Photo above: The eruption of Piton de la Fournaise viewed during night time in 2019.

UPDATE 23.12.2021: The eruption can be reached from Parking Foc-Foc, a place that is located fairly close to Pas de Bellecombe, the end point of Route du Volcan (Volcano Road). From the parking it takes approximately 1,5h-2h to reach the viewpoint to the eruption site, meaning that round-trip would take around 4 hours to complete.