October 15th, 2010
04:31 PM ET

Indian Ocean volcano erupts for 2nd time this year

Lava flows from the Piton de la Fournaise volcano on Reunion Island on Friday.

One of the world's most active volcanoes is at it again.

The Piton de la Fournaise volcano on Reunion Island in the western Indian Ocean erupted Thursday evening after several days of increased seismic activity, the island's government said.

The eruption is contained to one of the volcano's calderas, and the lava flow is stable, but public access to the volcano - a main tourist attraction - will be restricted, the local government said in a statement.

The volcano is about 30 miles southeast of the island's capital, Saint Denis. No one was reported to be in danger; a local newspaper, the Journal de l'Ile de la Reunion, reported that the last eruption happened over 10 days in January.

More than 150 eruptions of the volcano have recorded since the 17th century, according to the Smithsonian's Global Volcanism Program.

Reunion, a department of France, is home to about 784,000 people and lies more than 400 miles east of Madagascar.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Reynardine

    Upsurge in volcanism and tectonic activity: Did the earth move for thee?

    October 15, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 2012freak

    Ohh No!!!! 2012 is coming and were all going to DIE!!!!

    October 15, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. the man

    oh no save them quick we will not have tech support if they die

    October 15, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. They

    we need more gas station attentants

    October 15, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • tjb09240

      The indians/pakistanis are usually the OWNERS.....The whites are the attendants

      October 16, 2010 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. W7RKD

    Insider Trading News ------- Due to a Volcano erupting near India, the price of stock on Beef Jerky and Slurpies doubled in just hours!!!

    October 15, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ondiv

    Reunion Island, while in the Indian Ocean, is a French Province. The people there are FRENCH, not Indian.
    *directed at the two above posters.

    October 15, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tim

    I am so proud of my fellow American for making such remarks...no wonder the rest of the world hates us...people like you suck!

    October 16, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Lisa baby

    2012 is coming but if you have accepted Jesus as your savior there is nothing to fear and those of you who push the lets push the fearbutton obviously need to finish reading revelations to get the whole message we are all going to die and not a single 1 of us knows when so try to stifle the fortune telling tendencies that dont amount to a hill of manure

    October 16, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nubia Sekhmet

    Jesus will save us lol people stil believe in that bs story With all the pain Jesus the imaginary messiah went thru I don't think he's coming back

    October 16, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. erik johnson

    Has not the end always been near?

    October 17, 2010 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lisababy

    Hey innebriated suxthat i got your imaginary savior story right here justa swingin suck this bs story buttlik! HAHAHA nothing intelligent to say then STFU! have a beautiful sunday pos

    October 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mojomomma

    Hey idiot suxmet if you havent got anything positive to say...... and yes jesus will be back to show all the atheists such as yourself that he does exist and guess whos going to hell lmao cant wait would love to see the look on your face when he gets to dealing with all the rediculous buttholes like u HAHAHAHA OH HAPPY DAY! PRAISE THE LORD AMEN!

    October 17, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ignorant

    This is probably the safest Volcano in the world. No one is at risk and there were never any casualties because of eruption. The cut the 2012 crap please!

    October 19, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
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    pls realise all you r sin

    October 23, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
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    April 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |