Ubinas Volcano : Ongoing Activity
Peru recently announced a state of emergency in the Moquegua region due to the ongoing activity of the Ubinas volcano.
- Ubinas Volcano is a stratovolcano located in the Central Volcanic Zone of the Andes.
- It is one of the most active volcanoes in Peru, with more than 26 eruptive episodes recorded in the last 500 years.
- The Ubinas volcano is part of a group of seven volcanoes in southern Peru located within a volcanic zone that extends from southern Peru to northern Chile.
- The affected area is situated within the “Ring of Fire,” a region encompassing the edges of the Pacific Ocean that is renowned for its volcanic activity and seismic events, such as earthquakes.
- The upper portion of the volcano is made from lava flows from the Pleistocene.
- The depression (caldera) at the summit contains a cone of volcanic ash sporting a vent shaped like a funnel.
- Stratovolcano is a tall, steep, and cone-shaped type of volcano.
- Unlike flat shield volcanoes like in Hawaii, they have higher peaks.