The sound and light show of the Piton de la Fournaise
This Wednesday, the 4th of February 2015, at 11am (local time) Reunion Island’s volcano, the Piton de la Fournaise unleashed its first lava eruption since mid-2014. At 2,631 meters above sea level, the volcano offers a sound and light show unique to this Indian Ocean island!
Thanks to its natural enclosure, the island’s top tourist attration presents no danger to the island’s inhabitants or visitors. As a standard precation, state services have closed all trails that allow the public to access the top of the enclosure. However, lava flows can be admired from the Coastal Grand Brûlé or from the sky in a helicopter or microlight.
The peak of the furnace
Located within an UNESCO World Heritage, the Piton de la Fournaise was created 530,000 years ago. The volcano is the younger version of the island’s Piton des Neiges which now forms the volcanic mountains of La Reunion. This volcano is a Hawaiian-type, which appears on the list of the most active 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.
In Reunion Island, visitors are able to walk on the slopes of this sulphurous fire-breathing volcano. Local tour operators include a visit to the peak in every itinerary and recommend it to all first-time visitros. It’s interesting to note that each time the volcano erupts, the island expands slightly, furhter into the Indian Ocean.
Feel like experiencing the majestic volcano for yourself? The site’s brand new visitor’s center and museum opened in August 2014, after three years of renovation. Spanning over 6,000 square meters, the museum offers a journey to the center of the Earth, through an innovative and interactive museum and a fun and educational trail. Get ready for your baptism of fire in the heart of the Piton de la Fournaise!
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