Many journalists traveled to the Indian Ocean island of Reunion this week in order to get fresh information regarding the newly discovered wing fragment that allegedly belongs to the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. However, they found themselves witnessing a completely different series of events, as the Piton de la Fournaise volcano on the island erupted.
Piton de la Fournaise means Peak of the Furnace and the extremely active 530,000-year-old volcano, erupts even a few times a year. Therefore, the only ones who were alarmed by the eruption were the journalists and the tourists who has never seen anything like that in their entire lives. And it must have been quite odd to see the locals going about their business as usual, instead of sounding out the alarm, clearing the areas and being actually scared by the whole situation.
Locals explained that the Peak of the Furnace volcano erupts roughly once every few months, so they are actually accustomed to the most part of it. Data reveals that since the 1600’s, the Reunion volcano has erupted some 160 times. Naturally, something so majestic as a volcano eruption cannot leave anybody completely unimpressed, but since many Reunion citizens have lived there all their lives, they now know what to do in case of a new eruption and so they can act fast, so that nobody gets hurt.
Piton de la Fournaise is also incredibly useful for research, because the high frequency of eruptions provides locals with extensive research material. Therefore, Reunion must be a true volcano specialists’ heaven, because they actually get the chance to create their study setting before the actual eruption and in the event that an improvement to the technology that they use is found after the eruption itself, they have enough time to make the necessary modifications, but they do not have to wait for years and years until the next eruption happens.
“We have many monitoring tools measuring things like seismic activity, volcano deformation and gas emissions. It’s a natural laboratory where we can better understand volcanic eruptions.” said local observatory volcano specialist, Aline Peltier, as reported by the Associated Press.
As for the journalists who are currently in Reunion, they seem to have gotten a completely different story than the one they set out to cover. It remains to be seen what has happened to the aircraft wing identified prior to the accident, as insufficient information has been provided on that matter for the moment.
Image Source: telegraph.co.uk