Volcano/Ash Clouds Alert – U. S. Embassy – Moquegua, Arequipa and Tacna Regions, Peru – July 20, 2019

Volcano/Ash Clouds Alert – U. S. Embassy – Moquegua, Arequipa and Tacna Regions, Peru – July 20, 2019

Location: General Sanchez Cerro (Moquegua), Mariscal Nieto (Moquegua), Candarave (Tacna), Arequipa (Arequipa)

Event:  According to Peru’s Geophysics Institute (IGP), Ubinas volcano in Moquegua Region began to erupt around 2:35 a.m. local time, on Friday, July 19.
–       An active volcano, Ubinas, is located 60 kilometers from the city of Arequipa. It last had a four-year eruption cycle between 2013 and 2017.  The volcano is spewing gases and ash as far as 40 kilometers from the crater.
–       At this time authorities still are registering explosions near the crater.
–       The following provinces are affected:  General Sanchez Cerro (Moquegua), Mariscal Nieto (Moquegua), Candarave (Tacna), Arequipa (Arequipa)
–       There is a potential for ash to reach nearby towns and affect residents, vegetation, and animals.  Schools in the area have closed, and residents are being evacuated.

Actions to Take:
–        Avoid the area within a 40-kilometer radius of Ubinas.
–        Monitor local media and government agencies, including iPeru, PROMPERU, COEN, and SENAMHI for updates.
o   WhatsApp: iPeru 944-492-314
o   Twitter: @Promperu  @COENPeru  @SENAMHIPeru
–        Monitor the Embassy webpage and the American Citizen Services (ACS) Facebook page for updates.
–        Keep friends and family informed of your safety.
–        Be aware of your surroundings.

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru
Avenida La Encalada Cdra. 17 s/n
Surco, Lima 33, Peru.
Telephone (answered 24 hours): +51-1-618-2000
Email: LimaACS@state.gov
Website: https://pe.usembassy.gov

Lima ACS Facebook page

U.S. Consular Agency, Cusco
Avenida El Sol 449 Office #201
Cusco, Peru.
Telephone: +51-84-231-474
Fax: +51-84-245-102
Email: CuscoACS@state.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs
+1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444

Peru Country Information
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