Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-00310
A lava flow that originated from a vent at 700-m altitude on the outer NE flank of Piton de la Fournaise volcano on 9 April 1977, cut the principal road around Réunion Island and destroyed 12 houses in the village of Piton Ste Rose. The flow traveled 6 km before reaching the sea. About 2500 people were evacuated from the town. A new fissure opened up at 600-m altitude on the 9th. It fed a lava flow that burned more than 20 more houses before the eruption ended on 16 April.
Copyrighted photo by Katia and Maurice Krafft, 1977.
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