Back in photos on this eruption which was short, but intense, with the photos of our Belgo-Reunionese friend Thierry Sluys.
After a seismic crisis started at 0:15, the tremor, arrival synonym of the lava near the surface, is recorded at 2:40 pm.
Two eruptive fissures opened at an altitude of 1,400 meters near the southern rampart near the Piton Passage (1976), and at least two lava flows were formed advancing very rapidly on the Great Slopes.
Piton de La Fournaise: From the beginning, the flows advance quickly in the Great Slopes - the view on their low origin is obscured by clouds and gases - photo © Thierry Sluys 25.10.2019
In the early evening, the show is magical; the flows approach the RN2, which is blocked by Préfectoral order.
Many brave are approaching the flows.
Piton de La Fournaise: Magic atmosphere for this 5 ° eruption 219 - photo © Thierry Sluys 25.10.2019
The slow progression of the lava front on October 26 is explained by the decrease of the surface flows and by the slopes which are lower than those traversed by the lava during the day of the 25th.
Piton de La Fournaise - the lava front is animated by the rolling blocks - photo © Thierry Sluys 26.10.2019
Piton de La Fournaise - lava in contact with pioneer ferns, living their last moments - photo © Thierry Sluys 26.10.2019
The front of the lava flow is at 17:00 on October 26 about 250m from the national road 2.
On the morning of October 27, the activity is generally at half-mast: a single fountain of lava animates the eruptive cone; the flow near the RN2 has frozen and no longer glows.
Piton de La Fournaise - in one day, the lava front did not progress much, before stopping at about 250 m from RN2 ; the cross marks the position of the lava front on 26.10.2019 at 07h. - photo © Thierry Sluys 26 and 27.10.2019
Source: Big thanks to my friend Thierry Sluys for sharing photos