Sunday, April 15, 2007

Reunion Island volcano is erupting!

Lava pouring from a volcano on remote Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean could be a sign of bigger things to come, scientists warned Saturday.

Eruptions on the Piton de la Fournaise have intensified since earlier this week and have volcanologists worried that cracks could be developing in the side of the mountain, the Sydney Herald Sun reported.

Reports from nearby Madagascar indicate rivers of lava flowing from the mountain and a Madagascar Web site said sulfur gas sent 50 children to the hospital.

Piton de la Fournaise means "Mountain of the Furnace," and is considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

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