Peruvian Volcano Blasts Hot Ash Column 8,000ft In Sky

This is the moment Peruvian volcano Ubinas blasts a huge column of hot ash and debris 8,000 feet into the air during three reported eruptions on the same morning.

Ubinas, considered a stratovolcano or composite volcano, reportedly covered nearby towns and villages in the southern Peruvian region of Moquegua in ash after three blasts took place on the morning of 4th September.

Video Credit: CEN/@igp_peru

The local authorities said that the village of Ubinas, located just six kilometres from the volcano’s crater, was particularly affected although the nearby urbanisations of Tonohaya, San Miguel, Anascapa, Huarina, Huatagua and Matalaque also reported falling ash.

The first eruption took place at 4.57am followed by another at 5.52am that sent a column of ash and debris 1,500 metres (4,921 feet) above the crater.

Credit: CEN/@IngemmetPeru
Aerial footage of the volcano

Video Credit: CEN/@IngemmetPeru

Strong winds then blew the ash to the south and south-east, according to reports.

However, a third explosion at 8.45am sent hot ash and smoke 2,500 meters (8,202 feet) above the crater which was then blown in a south-easterly direction.

Credit: CEN/@igp_peru
The volcano smoke column

According to local media, the volcano has been highly active since 19th July when several communities were evacuated from the area.

The authorities have placed the region on orange alert and told residents to keep a distance of at least 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) from the crater.

Credit: CEN/@IngemmetPeru
Aerial footage of the volcano

Citizens have also been advised to protect their eyes, nose and mouth if they experience falling ash and to drink lots of water.

Reports said there are over 400 volcanoes in Peru with Ubinas and Sabancaya, Misti, Huaynaputina, Ticsani, Yucamane and Tutupaca all categorised as active.

Credit: CEN/@IngemmetPeru
The samples collected in the area

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Story By: Ana LacasaSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Central European News

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