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Magma is rising in Ubinas volcano

Only last week, scientists recorded the largest explosion at Perus most active volcano, Ubinas, in the Moquegua region of Peru.
Now, scientists have recorded an ascent of magma within the volcano

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Peru Volcano Awakens After 40 Years

The volcano which is named Ubinas, last caused evacuations on April 23, 2006, when it began to rumble and emit ash and smoke into the air. Since 2006, the volcano has remained dormant and has not caused any problems for nearby residents. Before the activity in 2006, the volcano had not been active in over 40 years.
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Peru's Ubinas Volcano Spews Ash After Snowfall

Peru's Ubinas volcano erupted on Monday, spewing ash around its crater but authorities say there is no immediate danger to the general population.
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A faint white plume rose from the summit of the Ubinas volcano on May 8, 2006, when the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASAs Terra satellite captured this image of Perus most active volcano.

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The Peruvian government declared a state of emergency during the week end in southern towns that have been showered by ash from the Ubinas volcano and asked the military to help evacuate poor farming families from the area.
Ubinas , which had been inactive for almost 40 years, has been spitting out ash, smoke and toxic gases for most of the month, alarming thousands of people living in nearby rural areas, killing livestock and polluting water sources.

The government recommended evacuation early in the week, but it was not until Friday that dozens of people began reluctantly to leave farming towns in the area covered in a thick carpet of ash.

At least 1 000 people have suffered respiratory problems from a tower of ash spewing from the Ubinas volcano in southern Peru, and 20 llamas have died after eating poisoned grass, a local official said in a new release.

Querapi is an impoverished, telephone-less hamlet 2.5 miles from the volcano, which is in the Moquegua department 550 miles south of Lima.

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Officials urged a small farming town in southern Peru to evacuate on Tuesday after a volcano sent smoke and ash 792 metres into the air, but residents were reluctant to leave.

"A yellow alert has been called, which means precaution due to emission of gases and steam. Civil Defence has sent small anti-gas masks to the town of Querapi and covers for their water deposits" - Armando Minaya, head of the geophysical institute in the southern city of Arequipa.


Latitude: 16.355S. Longitude: 70.903W
Ubinas is the northernmost of three young volcanoes located along a regional structural lineament about 50 km behind the main volcanic front of Peru. The upper slopes of the stratovolcano are composed primarily of Pleistocene andesitic lava flows. Holocene lava flows are visible on the volcano's flanks, but historical activity, documented since the 16th century, has consisted of intermittent minor explosive eruptions.

This is the first eruption at Ubinas volcano since 1969.
Civil Defence asked the 42 farming families in Querapi, three miles from the 5,672 meter-high volcano, to evacuate. But they did not want to leave.
The volcano, in the Moquegua region 550 miles south of Lima, has been belching for much of the month. It has sent ash and sulphur as far away as the town of Ubinas, home to 3,500 people five miles away. Small tremors have also been felt in nearby towns.
The volcanic emissions had affected crops and water sources.

-- Edited by Blobrana at 19:59, 2006-04-24

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