September 14, 2013 – Peru’s Ubinas Volcano Erupts: Peru declared a state of emergency on Thursday in several areas after the Ubinas volcano erupted seven times since the beginning of the month. Mount Ubinas is 5,670 meters (18,144 feet) high.
The volcano has spewed gas and ash to nearby areas, reported AFP.
Nine districts are reportedly threatened by the volcano.
Masks were distributed to residents and villagers need to be relocated to a different area within 60 days.
Ash has damaged crops and polluted water systems.
Peru This Week reported that ash covered the districts of Ubinas, Matalaque, Chojata, Omate, Coalaque, Ichuña, Lloque, Yunga, and the district of San Juan de Tarucani.
Villagers from Querapi were suffering from symptoms that have been linked to the volcanic eruption.
Until 2006, the volcano had not erupted for around 40 years.
There have been a series of small explosions at the volcano due to water seeping into the heated rocks, reported Wired magazine.
The explosions have sent a plume of smoke rising to 2500 meters (8,000 feet) above the crater, according to volcanologists at the Geophysical Institute of Peru. The first explosion on the night of September 1 was strong and followed by a series of lesser blasts, seismologist Victor Aguilar of the Geophysical Institute of the University Of San Agustin De Arequipa told AFP.
The volcano, in the Moquegua department 1,250 kilometers (777 miles) south of Lima, is the most active in the country. Peru’s Geological, Mining and Metallurgical Institute said the eruption could have been caused by snow accumulating in the crater and preventing normal emissions. Since 1550, 25 eruptions have been recorded at Ubinas. There are 40 volcanoes in Moquegua and the neighboring regions of Arequipa and Tacna, most of them dormant. (Credits – RSOE_EDIS, Epoch Times, Google & YouTube).
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