Peru Volcano: State of emergency and started a mass evacuation.

Yesterday, intense explosive activity commenced, with significant ashfall and sending plumes around 6km (20,000ft) above the volcano- 12km (40,000ft) above sea level.

Seismic activity is very high with around 400 earthquakes per day.

The alert level has been raised to Orange- an exclusion zone of 15km radius is now in force.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra described it as a major event and different from any they have had in recent years, and called for the evacuation.

The volcano’s activity will rise in the next days with stronger eruptions and more ash releases coming, as the Geophysical Institute of Peru forecasted.

The volcano, which is 5,672 meters high and placed in the Moquegua district, saw its more active period from 2013 to 2016.


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