Volcano in Peru registers increased seismic activity, small explosions reported

Seismic activity from the the Ubinas Volcano prompted Peruvian authorities to distribute safety equipment to area residents. The Peruvian Geophysical Institute assesses the volcano is unlikely to erupt suddenly, but notes an increase in molten lava at its crater that would move very slowly and cool quickly.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   April 2, 2014 at 9:51 AM

The Ubinas Volcano in southern Peru, has been rumbling since Monday, prompting authorities to distribute safety equipment to area residents.

On Monday, scientists registered 335 seismic events, followed by five low-intensity volcanic explosions at 4:16 p.m. local time. Some gases and ash were emitted in the explosions.

Despite the explosions, the Peruvian Geophysical Institute said the volcano is unlikely to suddenly erupt. Rather, IGP has noted an increased presence of magma, or molten rock, at the volcano's crater. Such lava moves very slowly but cools and hardens quickly.

Residents have been given masks and protective glasses.

The volcano is approximately 70 kilometers from Arequipa.

[Peruvian Times]

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