Peru’s Sabancaya volcano has been restless for the past few years.

Peru’s volcano has been restless for the past few years. Recently, the occasional puffs of and volcanic gases have become more frequent and intense. Since November 6, 2016, the 5967-meter (19,577-foot) mountain has produced ash eruptions and dozens of explosions.

On November 16, 2016, (left) a cloud of ash billowed over Sabancaya; by November 19 (right), ash had darkened the ground. In the November 16 image, the bright area to the southwest of Sabancaya is snow near the peak of Mount Ampato, a dormant volcano. The November 16 image was acquired by a multispectal imager on the European Space Agency’s spacecraft. The (OLI) on captured the November 19 image.

Sabancaya is a located in southern Peru, approximately 70 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of the city of Arequipa. The name Sabancaya means “tongue of fire” in the language. Volcanism at Sabancaya is fueled by magma generated at between the

Sabancaya is not the only volcano in the Andes that has been active recently. Thousands of kilometers to the south, unrest at —a stratovolcano along the border of Chile and Argentina—has sent from the mountain on several occasions this month.

  • References

  • Global Volcanism Program (2016, November 23) Accessed November 21, 2016.
  • INGEMMET (2016, Novemer 21) Accessed November 23, 2016.
  • Volcano Discovery (2016, November 23) Accessed November 23, 2016.
  • Volcano Discovery (2016, November 21) Accessed November 23, 2016.
  • Wired (2016, November 21) Accessed November 23, 2016.

NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the and Sentinel data from the . Caption by Adam Voiland.

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