Chile: Alert level raised for Lascar volcano – Eruptions ‘expected’ to exceed 5km in height

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Its principles Chile on Saturday they raised the alert level for the volcano Lashkar, with increased restrictions on access, due to escalation of its seismic activity and an explosion expected soon.

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The volcano, which rises to 5,592 meters and is considered the most active in the northern part of the country, is located in a sparsely populated area near the border with Bolivia.

Its last eruption occurred in 1993.

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Recorded “increase” in its seismic activityreports a press release from the National Geology and Mining Service of Chile (Sernageomin) which clarifies that the alert level for this volcano has gone from yellow to orange.

Eruptions that will exceed a height of 5 kilometers are “expected” while it is predicted that lava and ash will be scattered around the volcanospecified in the announcement.

The strengthening of the alert to the orange level means, as reported by APE-MPE, increased monitoring of the volcano’s behavior and protection measures for surrounding towns such as San Pedro de Atacama, which is popular with tourists and is located about 70 km from Lascar .

“Given the level of danger, the security perimeter around the crater will be extended from 5 to 10 kilometers, with limited access to that area,” Sernageomin said.

Source: News Beast

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