Is the volcano still active in Mauritius ?

Published on April 4, 2019

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Once upon a time, in Mauritius, as in Reunion island today, there were volcanic eruptions. The best known of the volcanoes is called Trou aux Cerfs.

In fact, Mauritius shares the same volcanic “heritage” as Réunion and the Deccan traps in India. It is this same hot spot that is currently supplying the Piton de La Fournaise with lava and fresh magma. Mauritius, like Reunion Island, is at the center of the tectonic plate that runs from the African rift at the Somali level to the Indian central ridge, a few kilometers off the east of Rodrigues. His name: the Somali plate.

Shaking has been felt in many places on our island, it is because of the movement of tectonic plates, or “gas”, say the experts. “The sister islands come from the same hotspot volcanism. It also gave birth to the Deccan traps more than 65 million years ago. It is not the volcano but the plate that moves, “explains Aline Peltier, director of the Volcanological Observatory of Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island.

To this day, the risks of the volcano erupting again is close to zero, it has been extinct for more than 10,000 years.