Upinas Volcano’s New Eruption: About 170 Earthquakes Are Recorded Daily in the Monitoring Area | Peru

Upinas Volcano, located in the General Sánchez Cerro Province -Mokugua region, is considered the most active in Peru with nearly three dozen low-to-moderate eruption episodes in the last 500 years. It recorded two eruptions this Monday, one of the strongest on record this year. When it explodes, an orange alert is given with a record of explosions and ash emissions.

According to him Institute of Geophysics of Peru (IGP) The eruption reached a height of 3,500 meters. He National Volcanology Center (Cenval) Yesterday morning it warned that the radius of the ash spread was more than 20 kilometers, thus covering the towns of Logen, Santa Lucia de Salinas, Salinas Moche, Salinas Huito, Ajana, Cancusane Chico, San Juan de Tarucani, Quinsachata, Tico Tico and La Yunta.


The last warning issued by Senvul coincided with a series of ash emissions that occurred around six in the morning on August 18. Later, the dispersion radius was more than forty kilometers, affecting Upinas, Cabanillas (Puno) and other population centers. The last documented eruption occurred on the 10th of this month.

For his part, he National Meteorological and Hydrological Service of Peru (Cenamhi) In the areas near Upinas, the air quality was established to be unhealthy for sensitive groups, showing the presence of 35.5 to 55.4 micrograms per cubic meter of particles below 2.5 microns.

Constant monitoring

Between August 14 and 21, the IGP found an average of 104 earthquakes per day.In addition to the 71 daily earthquakes associated with the movement of gases and magma, these are associated with rock deformation processes within the volcano.”. Also, it was warned that the ash would disperse in the next few days and hence preventive measures should be taken.

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By communicating Trade, IGP Volcanologist Engineer Jose del Carpio explained that this number of earthquakes has been maintained in recent weeks. He also clarified that the maximum energy of movements captured between August 14 and 21 – 3.1 megajoules – was lower than that recorded in the previous week.

The expert also highlighted that there is no correlation between the height of the explosions and their intensity. He pointed out that environmental characteristics, like wind, have an impact. Happened on August 18.

Events will continue

This is how Upinas Volcano’s last eruption was seen from surrounding towns. The enormous column of ash is a major concern for potential health effects. Photo: Spread

Volcanic hazards are associated [principalmente] What is volcanic ash? In another seven or a fortnight, the show will continue [registrando] New outbreaks”, said the engineer. To this he added,Other hazards, such as runs or ballistic projectiles, are negligible or of low probability”.

Finally, he stressed the affected citizens and communities near the volcano “Keep calm and keep masks and goggles handy, avoid ash, do not approach the volcano within a radius of four kilometers and follow the rules related to the official alert level.”.

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