Piton de la Fournaise

Videoclips

All the videos presented below are in the MPEG format. Note: we decided to offer higher quality and a longer length of the videos compared to the Stromboli videoclips. Average duration is one minute. Unfortunately this leads to large file sizes and possibly long download times.

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19.4.1998: From Piton Kapor's flank. Lava issues from below Piton Kapor towards Cratère Magne. When the lava pressure increases, the flow starts moving also towards the observer. The audio features comments by French tourists :-). Note the degassing in the lava. 4.9 MB
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21.4.1998. Lava flows in a channel. Lava issuing from an ephemeral vent flows in a well defined channel. Note how the previously solidified crust is transported by the fluid hot lava below. The audio features lava and wind. 4.1 MB
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21.4.1998. The source of the lava channel. Lava feeding the channel seen in previous video issues from an ephemeral vent after travelling hidden below the surface. At the beginning you can see Piton Kapor on the right in the background. Again, lava and wind are featured on the soundtrack. 2.0 MB
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21.4.1998. The lava fall: first phase. Here is a video of the lava fall seen in several of Marco's photos. Now the lava, which can be seen after the destruction of the top of a section of a steep lava tube near the flank of Piton Kapor, is flowing rapidly but relatively smoothly. On the soundtrack, the lava noise is sometimes joined by Marco's voice. 2.7 MB
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21.4.1998. The lava fall: second phase. This video was shot after the destroyment of the top of the cover of the lava tube described in Marco's photo captions. The surge of pressure now causes a much more turbulent flow, together with violent spattering where the lava emerges from the tube. Spectacular audio :-). 5.0 MB
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23.4.1998. Fire at the lava front. "Pushed" by new lava issued from the source, the lava flow expands, covering new areas and destroying everything in its path. Here you can see the lava front advancing towards an area covered by vegetation. When the lava encounters a bush, it gets burnt immediately. Sometimes plants wish they had legs ... 2.7 MB
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