Photo: Ubinas Volcano, Peru
Peru’s Ubinas volcano continues to erupt, more than seven times since the beginning of September, prompting a 60-day state of emergency for the affected areas. Explosions have sent plumes of smoke as high as 6 feet above the volcano’s crater.
Ash, soot, and volcanic gas has affected crops, livestock and water supply. Nine districts near the volcanic eruption are covered by the state of emergency. One of the most affected areas is the village of Querapi. The Peruvian government has decided to permanently evacuate the town populated by 25 families.
A yellow alert was issued earlier this month when Ubinas started to spew ash. Peruvian authorities are distributing safety masks to residents living in the affected areas. The last time the volcano spewed ash was in 2009; it lay dormant for 40 years until 2006.
Ubinas, Peru’s most active volcano, is located in the southwest region of the country, some 470 miles from the capital city of Lima. There is documented activity on the volcano going as far back as the 16th century.