LIMA – Magma from the volcano Ubinas, in the Andes of southern Peru, is “very close” to the surface of the crater, the Peruvian Institute of Geophysics, or IGP, and the National Institute of Geology, Mining and Metallurgy, or INGEMMET, warned in a report released on Tuesday.
The Scientific Committee of Permanent Monitoring Ubinas volcano, comprising the Southern Andes Volcano Observatory of the IGP and Volcanological Observatory of the INGEMMET, predicted in the coming days there will be new explosions in the interior of the volcano and more intermittent ash exhalations.
Specialists noted the eruption process of the volcano that started on April 8 continues with a “sudden change” in seismic activity following which magma has risen and internal pressure has increased by a possible blockade inside the duct.
Late Monday, scientists detected an anomalous low intensity hot spot on the volcano surface, which is approximately of 1.3 megawatts so far.
The Scientific Committee recommended distance from the top of the volcano and urged residents of the Ubinas valley in Arequipa, to keep handy masks and protective glasses to shield themselves from possible ash dispersion.
On July 9 Ubinas erupted in a column of smoke, 2,700 meters (8,858 feet) high, scattering ashes up to a radius of 15 km (9.3 miles).