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Peru to build volcano observatory in Arequipa
El Misti volcano in Arequipa (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Reference)
By Manuel Vigo
April 18, 2012
On Wednesday Peru’s Geophysical Institute (IGP) announced it would build a volcano observatory in Arequipa.
Orlando Sanchez, head of the IGP in Arequipa, said work on the observatory would begin in the coming months, and said the site would be located in the Sachaca district.
The observatory, he said, would be equipped with modern seismology and geochemistry equipment, which would allow for real-time information on the 12 volcanoes they plan to monitor.
“The 12 volcanoes that will be monitored by the IGP are potentially active, such as the Misti, which has not erupted since approximately 1470, which means its eruption is suppressed, and we must be prepared,” Macedo said to La Republica
The daily said construction and implementation of the country’s first large-scale observatory will require an investment of 10 million soles (about $3.77 million).
The observatory would monitor the Sara Sara volcano, in Ayacucho; the Coropuna, Ampato, Sabancaya, and Misti volcanoes in Arequipa; the Ubinas, Huaynaputina, Ticsani, and Tutupaca volcanoes in Moquegua; and the Purupuruni, Yucamani, and Casiri volcanoes in Tacna.
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