A high ash plume is expected
Laskar volcano activity: Chilean authorities raise alert level
01/28/2023 11:52 PM
Smoke has been billowing from Lascar volcano since December, and lately it appears to have become more active. Chilean authorities are now reacting and raising the alert level. Miles of smoke and ash clouds are expected, which is why the protection zone will be greatly expanded.
Due to a possible volcanic eruption in northern Chile, authorities have restricted access to the area around Lascar volcano and raised the alert level. Due to “increased seismic activity,” the Geology and Mining Authority has issued an Orange Alert. The agency expected a volcanic eruption with columns of smoke and ash rising more than five kilometers, which would eject pumice and spread the ash over a wide area.
The increased alert level has led to increased monitoring of the volcano. Steps are also being taken to protect surrounding places such as the San Pedro de Atacama tourist attraction, about 70 kilometers away. The authority is also increasing the security zone around the crater from five to ten kilometers, further restricting access.
The Laskar volcano is 5,592 meters high and is located 1,600 km north of the Chilean capital, Santiago, in a sparsely populated area near the Bolivian border. It last erupted in 1993. Villarrica, one of Chile’s most active volcanoes in the south of the country, is currently under surveillance.