A state of emergency has been declared by President Martin Vizcarra in the area surrounding the Ubinas volcano. According to Peru’s National Emergency Operations Center (COEN), ash from the volcano covered 617 schools and 20 health centres in the southern region of the Andean nation in South America. The latest report from the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP) said the volcano, which is located in the Moquegua region, is still emitting moderate levels of ash.
Specialists said no explosions have been recorded in the last 24 hours but there have been 266 earthquakes.
The Minister of Health, Zulema Tomás, said the government is assessing relocating citizens living in the areas affected.
She explained there was an initial evacuation, but then citizens returned to their homes because the emission of gases from the volcano began to decrease.
She said: “At first there was a small evacuation, but then they returned to their homes.
A man points at a cloud of ash from the Ubinas volcano (Image: REUTERS)
“People from several villages do not want to abandon their houses.
“The possibility of relocating them is being analysed.”
The minister added the main gases