The island of Reunion must be pleased (or Angry)

@garymarsh6 (17894)
United Kingdom
June 12, 2019 3:29pm CST
My wife has left Mauritius to go to the neighbouring island of Reunion which is a French dependency island in the Indian Ocean about 45 minutes away from Mauritius by air. This morning I hear that there has been a volcanic eruption the volcano there has got a couple of fissures in the side of the mountain and molten lava is currently flowing. There has been some earthquake activity over the last few days which was getting stronger and the eruptions more aggressive but since the fissures opened allowing the magma to be released it seems to have calmed down again. The magma is still flowing. My daughter was quite alarmed this morning. I told her not to worry because the Volcano is at the other end of the island about 30 miles away and there are no concerns at the moment. Have you ever seen a volcano. I have seen a few. Mount Etna in Sicily which continues to smoulder, erupt occasionally. I have also seen Mount Vesuvius at Pompeii and several extinct volcanoes. I had a few errands to do this morning which I did then picked my daughter up and went to lunch in a Thai restaurant. Devil child accompanied us. I held her for a few moments while my daughter was sorting out the pushchair for her. I pulled a funny face at her and she smiled which is a blessing as opposed to bawling her head off!
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@amadeo (95987)
• United States
12 Jun
Mike and I saw Mt.Etna in Sicily a couple of times while visiting there.We also climb half way. This I do not know anything about it.Thank you for sharing
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@Gillygirl (31051)
• Sutton, England
12 Jun
Oh, Gary, that must have been a worry at first. The Devil child is making progress if she smiled at you. Been to Mount Teide and Etna. There was a volcano in Santorini but the name escapes me.
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@garymarsh6 (17894)
• United Kingdom
12 Jun
Yes so it seems although I wonder whether it was because I pulled a funny face at her,. Crossed eyed! I think she found that intriguing!
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@Gillygirl (31051)
• Sutton, England
13 Jun
@garymarsh6 Oh bless her little cotton socks
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@LadyDuck (224929)
• Switzerland
13 Jun
I have also seen Mount Etna in Sicily and climbed on top of Mount Vesuvius, not really exciting. I am sure your wife is not in danger.
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@garymarsh6 (17894)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun
They are quite safe they are at the other end of the island. I was not too happy being up Etna gas was coming out of the ground all around me. I was glad to get down to a more sensible level.
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@LadyDuck (224929)
• Switzerland
14 Jun
@garymarsh6 The heat on the top of Vesuvius was unbearable, the smell of sulfur unpleasant. I did not even feel safe up there.
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@garymarsh6 (17894)
• United Kingdom
16 Jun
@LadyDuck I have decided not to do such daft things in future Anna!
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@jstory07 (79505)
• Roseburg, Oregon
12 Jun
I am glad I have never seen a volcano.
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@garymarsh6 (17894)
• United Kingdom
12 Jun
They are interesting but I would not want to be too close. I was not a happy chappy when I was up mount Etna and puffs of gasses were coming out of the ground!
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@CarolDM (29436)
• United States
12 Jun
Never seen a volcano. Devil child, shame on you!
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@garymarsh6 (17894)
• United Kingdom
12 Jun
It is quite an eerie experience. Haha she is slowly changing I have to say!
@Tampa_girl7 (30771)
• United States
18 Jun
I've never seen a volcano.
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@garymarsh6 (17894)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun
That must be good Marie! At least you are safe!
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@Tampa_girl7 (30771)
• United States
18 Jun
@garymarsh6 we do have an old dormant volcano a little over a hour from us. It is now beneath the earth and can't be seen. Jackson the capital of Mississippi is built on it.
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@garymarsh6 (17894)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun
@Tampa_girl7 That is interesting. There are some in Yellowstone that I know of and other places too in the USA. Also Hawaii that is all I know of!
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@FayeHazel (28779)
• United States
12 Jun
I'm happy your wife is in a safe part of that island. I'd never heard of it before. Wow! You saw Pompeii? Lucky. I've never seen a volcano. That is probably alright lol
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@garymarsh6 (17894)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun
You also have some in the USA. I remember St.Helena in Washington state blew a few years ago. Also Hawaii has plenty that are always active. Pompeii and Herculaneum were totally destroyed by an eruption. Hot ash landed on them forming a cast but the heat was so strong that the body vaporised,
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@FayeHazel (28779)
• United States
13 Jun
@garymarsh6 I remember the Mt. St.Helens eruption when I was a kid. It was all over the news
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@garymarsh6 (17894)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun
@FayeHazel Yes it was a terrible time for those who lived near it. The pyroclastic flow was what damaged most things and killed people. It was similar to but on a lesser scale than in Pompeii.
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@DianneN (120559)
• United States
14 Jun
I’ve seen many volcanoes in Italy and Hawaii. One that my son and his wife saw smoking on their honeymoon in Indonesia erupted a week later and killed over 1000 people. Glad your wife wasn’t in any danger.
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@garymarsh6 (17894)
• United Kingdom
16 Jun
Yes she is at the other end of the Island. I spoke with her this afternoon. They are all exhausted after the wedding. Only two more to go! She said they had been full on for the past three days and were resting today! !
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@DianneN (120559)
• United States
17 Jun
@garymarsh6 Well deserved rest I'm sure after such fun and excitement!
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@rsa101 (19324)
• Philippines
13 Jun
My place has a lot of it all over the island. I think were used to it erupting from time to time already. We have had strong eruptions in the past that really shook us up but we survived it.
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@garymarsh6 (17894)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun
Good and I hope you will always be safe!
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@rsa101 (19324)
• Philippines
13 Jun
@garymarsh6 We are. But of course when there is a violent eruptions then and only we are not safe. So far we have had only one major violent eruption over the years. Most eruptions were not violent and damaged is only confined to its vicinity.
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@Nevena83 (27571)
• Serbia
13 Jun
I hope your wife will be safe. I've never seen a volcano. You always smile at me when you say the devil's child.
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@garymarsh6 (17894)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun
Yes I am sure they are far enough away from it. I believe it has started to settle again now some of the magma has been released. Yes devil child was not too bad yesterday I wonder what she will be like on Sunday!
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@Nevena83 (27571)
• Serbia
13 Jun
@garymarsh6 You're so sincere in that statement, and that's why you like me. Everyone will always say that children are angels, but the truth is sometimes different.
@Fleura (9693)
• United Kingdom
12 Jun
When I was growing up there were many and varied careers I thought I would like to follow: vet., archaeologist, neurosurgeon, and long-distance lorry driver among others - and vulcanologist!
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@garymarsh6 (17894)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun
Funnily enough my niece wanted to do that too but nature over took the course of her studies and now she has a lovely little boy!
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@Fleura (9693)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun
@garymarsh6 Well it's never too late! It would certainly make for interesting conversation with the other mums!
@KrauseHome (36603)
• United States
16 Jun
Never seen one that is active, but we have them here in WA State. I was not living here when Mt St Helens blew and everything was covered in ashes back in the 80s.
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@garymarsh6 (17894)
• United Kingdom
16 Jun
Yes i remember it well.
@PainsOnSlate (21979)
• Canada
13 Jun
Thanks for the laugh (about the baby). I have never seen one face to face, I have watched in the past when the volcanic eruption was in the USA - Mount St. Helens 1980
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@garymarsh6 (17894)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun
Yes that was very bad wasn't it. She gets worse she now kisses my but cries to her mum and dad to get her off me! It is so so funny!
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• United States
13 Jun
I've never seen an active volcano except on tv. Wow you made the Devil child smile....sounds like progress
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@garymarsh6 (17894)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun
I know quite shocked. I am in for another session on Sunday as it is fathers day! I wonder how that will go?
@Sreekala (32016)
• India
13 Jun
I have never seen any. Hope there won't be any problem with the same for the people.
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@garymarsh6 (17894)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun
I am sure that they would be fine as it is at the other end of the island. Better to be safe than sorry though!
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@RasmaSandra (27931)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
13 Jun
I have only seen volcanoes in the movies. Must be a scary thing. Hope your wife will be alright. Glad the Devil Child held her tongue.
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@garymarsh6 (17894)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun
They say there is a super volcano in Yellow stone and if that ever erupted it could cause the end of the world! I say just enjoy each day as if it is your last!
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@evans777 (725)
13 Jun
Nope. Never seen one
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@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
22 Jun
I think she is getting used to your face, lol My grandson didn't like his granny for a long time either, it was very deflating since the other 9 all liked me a lot!! lol I have never seen a volcano, How long will your wife be on the island?