June 2014 – PERU – Peru’s most active volcano is likely to continue its eruptive activity next week with ash emissions and occasional eruptions, government officials have said. The ongoing process of the Ubinas volcano, in south-eastern region of Moquegua, is characterized by major plume of ashes as well as by volcanic gases and explosive activity. The above former activity is expected to generate harmful effects on farming and livestock raising activities in the area, the country’s Geological, Mining and Metallurgical Institute (Ingemmet) said. Likewise, the Peruvian agency announced an overall decrease in the volcano’s daily seismic energy and a sharp decline in the number of explosions, lowering from more than 40 to 1 or 2 a day.
The monitoring agency said the Ubinas began erupting with new intensity this week, thus starting a continuous stream of massive volcanic rocks which are being spewed out over 1.2 miles. In view of this situation, Ingemmet decided to continue its orange alert, the second-highest alert level, and to keep prompting inhabitants of the towns of Querapi and Tonohaya to flee their homes. According to the monitoring activity hourly, Ubinas’ current conditions is the eruptive process would be similar to that recorded over the last five centuries, which is low to moderate eruption. –Andina
More seismic unrest reported at Yellowstone: Seismographs have picked up a swarm of earthquakes in the northwestern corner of Yellowstone National Park, including dozens early Tuesday. The University of Utah Seismograph Station reported five small earthquakes including those with magnitudes of 3.4, 2.7 and 3.2 in a 20-minute period starting at 3:33 a.m. in an area 16 to 18 miles south of Gardiner. Earthquake information specialist Paul Roberson said there were another 20 to 30 small quakes Tuesday morning that hadn’t yet been posted on the university’s website. He called it a fairly normal swarm for Yellowstone. He didn’t expect there to be any damage. Seismographs recorded 31 quakes in the same area south of Gardiner on Saturday, while another 23 were reported last Wednesday and Thursday in an area between 18 and 19 miles east-southeast of West Yellowstone. File June 3, 2014 –Trib