Soufrière de St. Vincent - primary explosion from 8:41 am / 09.04.2021 - photo R.Robertson around 10 am
After the initial explosion of La Soufrière in St. Vincent at 8:41 a.m. on April 9, 2021, which was accompanied by a plume of ash and gas with an estimated height of 10,000 meters (Dr. Robertson), the seismicity rose again around 11:30 a.m., as a seismic swarm that ended at 2:40 p.m.
At 2:58 p.m .: a second explosion occurred, accompanied by a vertical plume of gas and ash about 4 km high.
It continues nourished by successive impulses.
Tremor has been recorded continuously since 3 p.m., the most important signals accompanying the most important phases of ash emissions, charged with lightning.
A plume of sulfur dioxide was spotted by Sentinel 5P Tropomi at 5:06 p.m. - 5:07 p.m. about 2 kilotons are moving east of the volcano (Simon Carn).
Soufrière de St. Vincent - traces of SO2 / image Sentinel 5P Tropomi from 09.04.2021 / 5:06 p.m. - 5:07 p.m. via S. Carn
A third explosion occurred from 6.35 p.m.,
Sources: UWI-SRC, NEMO SVG, The University of the West Indoes - Media release 09,04,2021
Since 2:57 p.m. local time (10:57 a.m. UTC), a seismic crisis has been recorded on the instruments of the Piton de la Fournaise Volcanological Observatory. This seismic crisis is accompanied by rapid deformation. This indicates that the magma is leaving the magma reservoir and is spreading towards the surface.
Between 2:47 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. (local time), more than 700 superficial volcano-tectonic earthquakes were recorded by the Piton de la Fournaise Volcanological Observatory. The source of the deformation and the seismicity show a propagation of magma under the southern flank, with events located less than 1 km from the rampart of the Enclos Fouqué.
The volcanic tremor synonymous with the arrival of magma near the surface has been recorded since 19:00 local time. According to OVPF records, the source of this tremor is located on the southern flank of the volcano inside the Enclosure.
No visual confirmation of the start of an eruption could be made on webcams yet due to bad weather conditions
However, the presence of a tremor shows the emission of hot and incandescent gases on the surface, and the possibility of lava emission in the very short term.
Piton de la Fournaise - first images provided by the Piton de Bert webcam on 09.04.2021 at 15:35 UT and 20:35 UT - Doc. OVPF - one click to enlarge
A first flight on April 10, commented by Nicolas Villeneuve, provides indications: "The eruption is quite weak in intensity. The projections do not exceed 20 meters high. The flow which has advanced 1.5 km spreads out. 150 meters. She has difficulty moving forward since she is now on a plateau. Two arms have formed at first. The first stopped quite quickly. The second is well fed upstream, but it is cooling down fast enough and for the moment the flow is frozen. "
The OVPF has just reported that: "The activity is currently focused on two main eruptive vents. The upstream part of the crack is no longer active"
The recommended alert level: Alert 2-2, as of this Friday April 9 at 7:00 p.m. Public access to the Fouqué enclosure, from the Pas de Bellecombe trail or from any other trail, as well as the aircraft in the volcano area are banned until further notice.
Source: OVPF & Prefecture of Reunion - Imazpress
Piton de La Fournaise - flyover of 04.10.2021: a first arm of lava flow hit a cone, the second is powered, but is frozen - Imazpress photos - one click to enlarge
Piton de La Fournaise eruption - 04.10.2021 - Imazpress video
Signs of change have appeared in the Reykjanes Peninsula, with the new fissures opening one on Easter and April 5. However, the changes are very small, and the portents before the cracks open are not detectable.
There are indications that the magma is shallow in the area south of Geldingadalur and northeast of the eruptions and it cannot be excluded that further eruptions may open in the coming days or weeks. Opening a new eruptive fissure without visible warning could pose an acute danger to people. It is believed that the area covered by this danger is where the magma reached closest to the surface or the southwestern part of Geldingadalur and northeast of Litla-Hrúti.
The steep, elevated edges of lava fields at eruption sites can be unstable. Large chunks of glowing lava can escape without warning, which can create a lot of danger. Likewise, magma can gush out under the lava rim and this magma can travel very fast.
Reykjanes Peninsula - eruptive sites - The map defines the area where people may be in acute danger due to sudden events that may occur at the eruption sites. In the danger zone, there is the greatest risk of opening more eruption cracks without warning, and this can be accompanied by a sudden and rapid lava flow that is difficult to avoid. Apart from this area, there are also other dangers associated with lava flow and gas build-up. The map shows a draft of a new hiking trail east of the danger zone. - one click to enlarge
The greatest seismic activity over the past two weeks is north of the magma chamber in the Keilir area. Just south of Keilir, near Litla-Hrút, shallow earthquakes are detected and this activity is closely monitored. Shallow earthquakes can be a sign that magma is pointing to the surface. It is therefore not excluded that the magma reaches the surface north of the magma chamber which reaches Keilir.
It is likely that with increased lava flow, gas pollution will increase
Preliminary measurements indicate that the lava flow increased further with the opening of the last eruption cracks, but more precise measurements are expected today. Lava flows from the three cracks and descends into Meradali and Geldingadalur.
Source: IMO - 09,04,2021 8:30 p.m.
Last minute : a fourth fissure has opened between fissures 2 and 3, and is pouring its lava towards Geldingadalur .