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Last Updated: Thursday April 05 2007 10:29 GMT

In pictures: Volcano erupting

Rivers of lava have spewed out of one of the world's most active volcanoes on the French island of La Reunion.

Rivers of lava have spewed out of one of the world's most active volcanoes on the French island of La Reunion.

It's the third time the volcano, called Piton de la Fournaise, has erupted this year.

It's the third time the volcano, called Piton de la Fournaise, has erupted this year.

Along with hot lava, the mountain has also been pumping out hot gas. About 50 children living in the area have been taken to hospital after breathing in the sulphur fumes.

Along with hot lava, the mountain has also been pumping out hot gas. About 50 children living in the area have been taken to hospital after breathing in the sulphur fumes.

Piton de la Fournaise means Mountain of the Furnace in English.

Piton de la Fournaise means Mountain of the Furnace in English.

The red hot river of lava has damaged homes and buildings and cut roads in two.

The red hot river of lava has damaged homes and buildings and cut roads in two.

The volcano is about 530,000 years old. About 777,000 people live on the island which sits between Madagascar and Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.

The volcano is about 530,000 years old. About 777,000 people live on the island which sits between Madagascar and Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.



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