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4/10/2007

Reunion Eruption Defined As Apocalyptic In Nature

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Aerial view taken near Saint-Philippe in La Reunion island of lava coming from the Piton de la Fournaise volcano, burning vegetation and pouring into the Indian Ocean, 05 April 2007. A massive volcano eruption on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion lulled Sunday after 10 days of lava flow that provided spectacular views.

April 08, 2007: A massive volcano eruption on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion lulled Sunday after 10 days of lava flow that provided spectacular views, but left residents in no real danger.

"We can call it the eruption of the century," said Zacharie Duputel, a seismologist at the Volcano Observatory for the island, a French overseas department. "We have never observed such a phenomenon."

The eruption resulted in the collapse of the Piton de la Fournaise volcano's summit, with magma at times being spewed as high as 200 metres (656 feet) into the air.


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SCIENTISTS on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion have discovered hundreds of fish of unknown species, floating belly-up in the sea, following a spectacular volcanic eruption over the past week.

"It's crazy. We've never seen this with previous eruptions," said Alain Barrere, a scientific adviser to the island's Volcano Observatory.

Along with two scientists working for Reunion's aquarium, he collected specimens of the dead fish, which have bulging eyes, heads sometimes protracted by a beak and appear to have surfaced from depths of about 500 metres.

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