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Volcano erupts in Peru and government declares state of emergency

the volcano Ubinasat the Peruexploded last Thursday (6), as shown by images from the Geological Institute of the country, portrayed in the video below. Residents and the government are concerned: About 2,000 people live around the volcano. The withdrawal order has not yet been issued, but the Civil defense already started to prepare the places to receive people.

On Wednesday (5), the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency for the next 60 days in the cities in the south of the country where the volcano is located. There is a lot of copper mining in this region, but there are also more than ten active volcanoes. This current eruption started on June 24th.

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Volcano explodes in Peru, eruption began on June 24. Video: Playback/Instagram/@portalg1


Last Tuesday (4), Ubinas exhaled clouds of smoke and ash that reached a maximum height of 5,500 meters above the crater, according to the Geophysical Institute of Peru. The volcano erupted once again after four years, prompting authorities to raise the alert level from yellow to orange.

This is how last Wednesday (5), the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency for 60 days for the cities around the Ubinas volcano, where an increase in explosions and ash emissions has been recorded in the last 24 hours. The decree applies to all districts in the region of Moquegua1,110 kilometers south of lime.

Ubinas is the most active volcano in Peru and is 5,672 meters above sea level. According to Council of Ministers, the preventive measure was approved in a government meeting with Peruvian President Dina Boluarte. After declaring a state of emergency, the government was authorized to take “extraordinary measures and actions” to combat risks from the volcano.

So far, the ash emission has affected 10 nearby municipalities. Technical teams are developing contingency plans to reduce risks and support more than 2,000 residents in the affected areas.

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Local authorities have yet to order residents to leave their homes, however, the National Institute of Civil Defense already started preparations for the shelter, built in 2019, the last time the volcano erupted and forced hundreds of people to flee.

In addition National Superintendence of Sanitation Services is inspecting sanitation services in communities close to the Ubinas volcano to check for ash scattered by the wind in exposed water sources, in order to identify possible contamination of water sources.

The southern region affected by Ubinas is a giant copper producer and home to some of the most valuable mines in the country. Peru is located in “Pacific Ring of Fire”an area with a high incidence of earthquakes and strong volcanic activity.

Featured photo: Reproduction/Twitter/Estación BCP Meteorología.

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Volcano erupts in Peru and government declares state of emergency

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