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.