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Ubinas volcano registers strong explosion

June 26, 2015 Hillary Ojeda The Ubinas volcano of Moquegua recorded a moderate explosion yesterday afternoon.

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The Ubinas volcano of Moquegua recorded a moderate explosion yesterday afternoon.

Ubinas volcano registers strong explosion

The explosion occurred yesterday at 4:36 p.m. (Photo: El Comercio archive)

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The Moquegua volcano, Ubinas, has been awake with activity this week causing a stir yesterday afternoon.

The Southern Volcano Observatory (OVS, Spanish acronym) recorded a moderate explosion at the Ubinas volcano located in the region of Moquegua, reports El Comercio.

The explosion released 2 megajoules of energy, lasted a total of 2.1 minutes, and released a column of ash reaching 3,000 meters above the crater.

OVS has warned the local population to take necessary precautions against the layer of ash which is expected to reach 15 kilometers around the crater. The ash will reach Yalagua, Santa Rosa de Phara, Escacha and Lloque towns in the province of General Sánchez Cerro, reports El Comercio.

The local authorities have been ordered to distribute masks and goggles to those affected by the ashes.

Earlier this week OVS recorded two explosions. First on Monday, June 22 at 8:50 a.m. and the second on that same day at 2:38 p.m.

Last April the activity of the volcano caused an impressive evacuation of 28,000 camelids from their pastures. Moquegua region is one of the most camelid-populated regions in Peru.

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