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Dec 11, 2014

18:58:12 GMT--Volcano Activity - South-America - Peru

EDIS Number: VA-20141211-46292-PER

Date / time: 11/12/2014 18:54:24 [UTC]

Event: Volcano Activity

Area: South-America

Country: Peru

State/County: Moquegua Region

Location: [Ubinas volcano]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


Research in Volcanology of the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP) placed the Ubinas volcano on yellow alert yesterday. The volcano, located near Arequipa, Peru has been showing signs of increased seismic activity over the last week. Specifically, earthquakes of the Long Period (LP) category, which is associated with the movement of fluids, increased their average rate of 212 LP/day up to 251 LP/day. Reaching a high point on Dec. 6, the earthquakes were registering at 379 LP, causing concern. On the other hand, earthquakes associated with the movement and rising of magmatic material rose as well. The IGP recorded seven of these quakes on Dec. 8 alone. With these two observations, the IGP believes that there is indeed rising magmatic material in the Ubinas volcano. "The seismic record obtained by monitoring we do to Ubinas volcano, shows a marked increase in events associated with movement and rise of magmatic material. That is why in the days following our specialists are expectant to any major variation in values of this massif seismic volcano," explained Orlando Macedo, principal investigator of Research in Volcanology IGP. The IGP has 4 telemetric seismic stations located near the crater of the volcano recording movement and rising materials. A video camera records real-time images of the volcano as well. The data is analyzed by a team of seismic engineers of the Research in Volcanology with IGP.

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