Peru’s famed Sabancaya volcano erupted a few days ago and it is causing concern among the locals. Residents of nearby towns such as Lluta and Huanca have been worried about volcanic ashes contaminating their water sources. As a result, people have been advised to cover faces and standing water bodies, in order to protect themselves from volcanic particles.
The Sabancaya volcano is causing concern
With more than 10,000 people living in the immediate vicinity of the volcano, the eruption has caused a lot of anxiety among the locals. For a long time now, the volcano has drawn tourists and explorers from all parts of the world. It is also important to bear in mind that Sabancaya is one of the most active volcanoes in Peru, and has long drawn the attention of geologists and scientists.
The ashes from the volcano may cause damage to agricultural fields as well, something that has been worrying the local authorities. It must be borne in mind that this volcano has been active for a long time now. After a brief period of lull, it erupted in 1986 which according to Wikipedia culminated in a huge explosion in 1990. Ever since, it has remained active and tourists flock to the area to witness the volcano.
Can you visit the volcano right away?
Currently, it is not clear if tourists can visit the volcano. In case you are traveling in Peru and would like to visit the volcano, make sure to speak to tourist authorities and local guides regarding current situations. This is a developing situation and the safety of traveling to the volcano may change dramatically. Make sure that you keep yourself safe from dust and ashes, if you are nearby. It may be prudent to wear masks and carry protective gear if you are planning to visit the area.
Of course do share the pictures with us if you happen to go there when it is active!