Ubinas Volcano Spews Smoke And Ash In Peru

Category: Technology / Sep 06, 2013 9:00AM EDT

The Ubinas Volcano in southwest Peru spewed smoke and ash into the sky on Thursday (September 5), marking the eighth eruption this week.

Authorities closed schools and are recommending the evacuation of 150 residents of a community 4 kilometers from the volcano's crater.

Volcano specialists say they can expect further volcanic activity.

The 5,670-metre (18,600-foot) volcano is considered one of Peru's most active volcanos with more than 20 eruptions reported since the 16th century.

In 2006, authorities in Peru declared a state of emergency in towns close to Ubinas after they were showered by ash from the volcano. It had not erupted for 40 years prior to 2006.

The area is currently under a yellow alert and officials have distributed masks and goggles to area residents.

The increased volcanic activity comes as Peru experiences its heaviest snowfall in ten years.

Video Credit: Reuters