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Peru: Ubinas Volcano active again

By Rachel Chase

After several months of little or no activity, the Ubinas Volcano in Moquegua is once again spewing smoke, ash.

Peru: Ubinas Volcano active again

(Photo: Julio Angulo/El Comercio)

The Ubinas Volcano near the southern city of Arequipa in Peru has become active again after several months of minimal activity.

According to El Comercio, the volcano is emitting columns made of ash, smoke, and steam, as well as registering seismic movements. Since Jan. 31, the volcano has reportedly experienced as many as 100 seismic events every day, including a Feb. 1 movement which lasted for seven hours.

El Comercio reports that the various ash columns released by the volcano have reached heights from 700 to 2,000 meters.

The volcano’s recent activity has been attributed to water seeping into the crater. When the water comes into contact with magma, the it turns into steam, which then creates pressure inside the crater. This pressure is what causes the volcano to expel ash.

No damages have been reported as a result of the volcano’s most recent activity. A series of similar explosions in September created health problems for many local residents, some of whom suffered from headaches and gastrointestinal problems after breathing the silicon ash released by Ubinas.

The Ubinas Volcano, located in the Moquegua region 70 kilometers outside of Arequipa, has displayed a sudden burst of activity. Prior to the September eruptions, the volcano had been dormant since 2009.

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