Peru's Sabancaya volcano roars to life

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Peru's Sabancaya volcano rumbled back to life on Monday, spewing ash and smoke some 11,500 feet into the sky, in the latest of a series of explosions.

Local authorities warned surrounding communities could be affected by ash from the volcano which came to life at 8:24 a.m Monday.

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View of Sabancaya volcano in the Andes of southern Peru. It is the most active volcano in Peru.

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Closeup view over crater of dormant volcano Misti, Arequipa, Peru, South America.

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Andean volcanoes of the Peruvian Plateau; Sabancaya and Hualca Hualca seen from the high Patapampa Pass.

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View of volcano Misti from Yanahuara in Arequipa, Peru.

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Peru, The altiplano of the Andes between Arequipa & Colca Canyon with volcanoes of (L to R) Ampato, Sabancaya and Hualca Hualca

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View of the Misti volcano from the cathedral of Arequipa. Misti, also known as Putina or Wawa Putina is a stratovolcano located in southern Peru near the city of Arequipa. With its seasonally snow-capped, symmetrical cone, Misti stands at 5,822 metres above sea level and lies between the mountain Chachani and the volcano Pikchu Pikchu. Its last eruption was in 1985.

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Volcano El Misti, Arequipa, Peru.

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The Cathedral of Arequipa with volcano Misti on the background, Peru. The Cathedral of Arequipa is located in the Plaza de Armas of the city of Arequipa, province of Arequipa, Peru.

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The snow-capped volcano El Misti, also known as Guagua-Putina overlooks the city of Arequipa, the capital of the Arequipa Region in southern Peru, which is surrounded by scrubland.

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The snow-capped volcano El Misti, also known as Guagua-Putina overlooks the city of Arequipa, the capital of the Arequipa Region in southern Peru, which is surrounded by scrubland.

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With a backdrop of the Misti volcano, Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano heads a ball during his squad's training session at Melgar stadium in Arequipa, July 9, 2004. Fabiano scored the goal that Brazil defeated Chile 1-0, duing their inaugural match at the 2004 Copa America tournament in Peru. 

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Picture taken on April 3, 2014 showing the Ubinas volcano spewing ash, as seen from Arequipa, some 1000 km south of Lima. Residents have fled villages near Peru's Ubinas volcano, which this week began spitting out white hot chunks of rock, some as big as 30 centimeters in diametre, a local scientific committee announced on April 11, 2014. The renewed activity led the government to announce a state of emergency in the Andean region of Moquegua, some 1,200 kilometers south of Lima. Officials plan to distribute food, face masks and goggles to help those upwind of the volcano cope with airborne ash.

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'Vicugna is wild South American camelid, live in the high alpine areas of the Andes. The photo was taken on the road near Arequipa, Peru.'

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El Misti Volcano, view from the summit of Chachani, Arequipa, Peru, South America.

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The volcano had similar explosions on December 16.

The 20,000-foot Sabancaya, which means "tongue of fire" in Quechua, has been seismically active for 18 years. During that time, it has seen periods with eruptions of varying intensities.

Sabancaya sits atop the South America tectonic plate, which forces magma to the surface when it clashes with the neighboring Nazca plate.

Sabancaya was dormant for 200 years before erupting several times in the 1980s and 1990s.

Its current activity is coinciding with eruptions at the Ubinas volcano, also located in southern Peru, some 60 miles away.

The twin events mark the first time in recorded history Peru is host to two volcanoes seeing continuous eruptions.


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