Piton de la Fournaise on Reunion Island

June 23, 2015

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PhotographerLuc Perrot
Summary Authors: Luc Perrot; Jim Foster

June 2015 Viewer's Choice
Shown above is Piton de la Fournaise, on Reunion Island (France) in the Indian Ocean, as observed during its recent eruption sequence of February 4-15, 2015. It's photographed here beneath a full Moon on February 4, 2015. Piton de la Fournaise ("peak of the furnace") standing 8,635 ft (2,632 m) above sea level is one of the most active shield volcanoes in the world. With the majority of its eruptions, a fluid, basaltic lava flows from fountaining vents -- so-called Hawaiian-style eruptions.