Residents have fled villages near Peru’s Ubinas volcano, which this week began spitting out white-hot chunks of rock, some as big as 30cm in diameter. Domingo Ramos, a scientist from Peru’s mining institute, said the volcano reawakened several days ago. The renewed activity led the government to announce a state of emergency in the Andean region of Moquegua, some 1200km south of Lima. The region is home to some 40 volcanoes, most of which, unlike Ubinas, are dormant. Officials plan to distribute food, face masks and goggles to help those upwind of the volcano cope with airborne ash.
According to local news, a seismic crisis is under way at the volcano and the volcano observatory in Goma thinks that a new eruption in coming days or weeks is likely. “The eruption of Nyamulagira will have no impact on the famous volcano Nyiragongo, whose activity is in a normal state,” said Kaco Karume, member of the Volcanic Observatory of Goma (OVG). Nyamuragira (also spelled Nyamulagira) volcano is located 22 km north of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province. It erupts on average every 2 years. Its last eruption was in late 2011-early 2012. –Extinction Protocol