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Arequipa, Peru: Misti Volcano spits steam

By Rachel Chase

Experts say the volcano does not presently constitute a risk, but locals are concerned by the activity.

Arequipa, Peru: Misti Volcano spits steam

Reference image of Misti in 2007. (Photo: Valentin/Wikimedia Commons)

The famous Misti Volcano, located near the city of Arequipa in southern Peru, has been blowing off steam— literally.

According to Peru21, residents of Arequipa have recently witnessed the volcano shooting off plumes of steam. The Peruvian Geophysical Institute (IGP) has categorized this activity as “normal,” being the product of water evaporating inside the crater of the volcano. IGP specialists say that the steam does not contain volcanic gases.

However, El Comercio reports that Arequipa residents are concerned by the activity. Two other volcanoes in the area have recently become active, leading some to wonder if Misti is next.

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Peru21 recently reported that around 300,000 Arequipa residents— those who live within 10 kilometers of the volcano— would be in danger if Misti erupted. Lisa Macedo of Peru’s Geological, Mining, and Metallurgical Institute (Ingemmet) told Peru21 that “Even if Misti doesn’t constitute a danger, precautions must be taken. If we can’t finish the evacuation of the 8,000 people affected by the Ubinas Volcano, just think what it would be like to move 200,000 people to safe zones.”

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