The Lascar volcano, located in a sparsely populated area near the border with Bolivia, is considered the most active volcano in the northern part of the country.
Chilean authorities on Saturday raised the alert level for the Lascar volcano in northern Chile, with increased restrictions on access, due to escalating seismic activity and an eruption expected soon.
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.
An “increase” in its seismic activity has been recorded, says a press release from Chile’s National Geology and Mining Service (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 volcano, the announcement states.
Raising the alert to orange level means 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.
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