Between the clouds, basalt cliffs were born from the anger of Piton de la Fournaise, a still active volcano on Reunion Island. In this world of contrasts, with the capricious and changing weather, low vegetation and a few enthusiasts, such as Brandon Becousse, evolve. “When I’m here, honestly, I forget everything. It’s a quiet place, we forget our worries. We feel that we are really small in front of nature”, he confides.
During the last eruption on December 8, Brandon Becousse rushed to the flanks of the volcano to photograph and share the event with its 50,000 subscribers on social networks. “When you are close to the lava, you hear the sound of the volcano, the sulfur, it’s a really unique sensation in the world. It makes me proud to highlight it”, says the young man. Yet behind this breathtaking spectacle, human dramas exist. In 1977, 1986 and 1998, the lava reached villages and homes. After the eruption of 1977, the National Observatory of Piton de la Fournaise was created; today, 16 people monitor the movements of the volcano seven days a week and 24 hours a day.
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