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Eruption reported at Reunion's volcano

SAINT DENIS, Reunion (AFP) A volcano on France's Indian Ocean island of Reunion started erupting on Sunday, forcing authorities to raise the alert for a possible emergency. "A light lava flow escaped from one crack located about mid-way on the slope of the crater" of the Piton de la Fournaise volcano. "A small lake of lava formed at the bottom of the crater and at this stage does not appear to pose any danger." However, access to the volcanic site has been banned. The Volcano Observatory on the island registered a movement of lava and release of sulfur dioxyde-laden gas mid-afternoon on Sunday. The eruption is the first since the violent awakening in April 2007 which was dubbed the "eruption of the century." The volcano on Reunion is one of the most active in the world. It has become active on average about twice a year over the past few years. It does not pose a threat to the island's population since the eruptions can usually be predicted and take place in an uninhabited area. Image Above: Lava flowing from the Piton de la Fournaise volcano
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