Tourists can witness Piton de la Fournaise spitting fire again

Earlier today, the Piton de la Fournaise, Reunions’ active volcano, begin to shift from sleepy to active again, for the first time this year after days of increased seismic activity. Last year, at least six eruptions were recorded, all spectacular in their own right, drawing thousands of additional tourists to the island to witness the spectacle.

The most active eruption lasted a total of 67 days – extremely long for the Piton de la Fournaise, as most such spectacles only last for a few days.

Authorities on Reunion, a French island deep in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mauritius, have promptly implemented safety measures by halting access to the volcano’s rim and surrounding plateau, although more distant viewing points remain open for tourists as do helicopter flights continue with the exception of direct overflights.