April 1, 2023

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Lascar volcano on orange alert: Which Argentine provinces will be affected by a possible eruption?

Chilean authorities increased the alert level and restrictions on access this Saturday Lascar VolcanoDue to the increase in seismic activity and a possible Rash.

The volcano threatened many areas Chile, Juju and SaltaA report by the National Geological and Mining Service (Sernageomin) indicated that the recorded “increase in seismicity is mainly related to fluid dynamics in the volcanic system,” which announced a change from yellow to orange alert.

“In this situation, the possible occurrence of explosive pulses with columns above 5 km height, ballistic blocks and ash scattering in the vicinity of the volcano is expected,” the note added.

The Orange alert It contemplates strengthening the technical monitoring of the volcano’s behavior and measures for the protection of surrounding towns, such as San Pedro de Atacama, a town most visited by local and foreign tourists, 70 km from Lascar.

“In this environment and taking into account the level of danger, the security perimeter around the crater will be extended from 5 to 10 kilometers, which limits access to the area,” Chernageomin reported.

The Click5,592 meters high, located in the area Antofagasta About 1,600 km north of Santiago, its last eruption was recorded in 1993.

In Chile, the Villarrica volcano in the south of the country is also under constant watch and yellow alert.

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