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Piton de la Fournaise: Second eruption of the year!

Piton de la Fournaise: Second eruption of the year! ( The Piton de la Fournaise, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, has erupted for the second time this year, in the southeast of Reunion Island. After a fireworks show that lasted almost twelve days in February, the Piton de la Fournaise comes again to light the fire! For volcanologists or budding explorers in search of unusual, this is the opportunity to engage in a very hot meeting.

The southern sky of Reunion Island has already been adorned with glowing clouds with the onset of the lava jets this Sunday, May 17, at 1:45 pm. The Piton de la Fournaise, which peaks at 2,631 meters altitude, again offers his show of greatness, unique in nature in the Indian Ocean. With its natural enclosure, this type of volcano presents no danger to people or for visitors.

For safety reasons, all trails that provide access to the upper part of the enclosure were closed by state services, but for now, you can still watch the lava flows from the coastline at the Grand Brûlé. Also, Piton Bert, known as Piton Wood Green for connoisseurs, may be viewed from a helicopter during a flight over the crater.

The Piton de la Fournaise: From the Earth to the Moon

Located in the area classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the Piton de la Fournaise forms, with his elder Piton des Neiges, the volcanic mountains of Reunion Island. To view this effusive volcano, visitors will cross the remarkable lunar landscape of the Plaine des Sables. Here, they will have the experience of what it felt like to be the first man to set foot on the moon!

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Feel like pushing the experience even further? The City Volcano located at the Plain of Kaffirs, takes visitors to meeting the volcano through an innovative and interactive museum and a fun and educational trail.

For total immersion in the bowels of the Piton de la Fournaise, do not miss the lava tunnels. Specialists will take visitors about fifty kilometers underground around Saint-Philippe and Sainte-Rose that leads to the ancient lava flows of 2004 or 2007. This exceptional chartered activity can accommodate small and large groups in the best of conditions. With a helmet and a headlamp, visitors will experience a fun lesson in natural science through impressive galleries that can reach more than a kilometer long.

Come to Reunion Island and go ahead and dare to experience the sacred fire of the Piton de la Fournaise!

MEDIA CONTACT: Evelyne Coustillat, Reunion Island Tourism, Phone: +262 (0)262 90 83 69, Fax: +262 (0)262 21 00 21,

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