Seismic Monitoring at Piton de la Fournaise

  • Jean Battaglia
  • Florent Brenguier
  • Geneviève Roult
Part of the Active Volcanoes of the World book series (AVOLCAN)


The Piton de la Fournaise Volcanological Observatory (“Observatoire Volcanologique du Piton de la Fournaise”, OVPF) started operating at the end of 1979. The first monitored eruption by the OVPF was that of 1981 (Bachèlery et al. in Nature 297(5865):395–397, 1982; Chevallier et al. in L’éruption du mois de février 1981 au Piton de la Fournaise (Ile de la Réunion, Océan Indien). Phénoménologie et remarques structurales, 293(II):187–190, 1981). Since then, the surveillance networks, and particularly the seismic network, have been dramatically improved. In addition, various seismic experiments have been carried out in parallel with the monitoring of the volcano. This chapter is aimed at summarizing the main results obtained within both the framework of the monitoring and that of research experiments.


Caldera Collapse Seismic Swarm Basaltic Volcano Summit Eruption Eruptive Vent 
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We thank the OVPF’s technical staff for operating and maintaining the Piton de la Fournaise network since 1980.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Battaglia
    • 1
  • Florent Brenguier
    • 2
  • Geneviève Roult
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratoire Magmas et VolcansUniversité Blaise Pascal—CNRS—IRD, OPGCClermont-FerrandFrance
  2. 2.Institut des Sciences de la TerreUniversity of GrenobleGrenobleFrance
  3. 3.Equipe de SismologieInstitut de Physique du Globe de Paris-Sorbonne Paris Cité, UMR CNRS 7154, Université Paris DiderotParis Cedex 05France

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