Volcan Copahue: Controversy?
The mayor of the city of Caviahue denied rumors about an eruption of Copahue volcano and said that the situation in the cities of Caviahue and Copahue is « quite normal« .
Given the rumors that warn against the presence of « ash« from the Copahue volcano, the mayor of Caviahue, Oscar Mansegosa states that « all activities are conducted on a regular basis, we have a bit of suspended ash as usual « .
« There is no reason to alert people, we are in full season and the situation is calm. The thermal baths are open in Copahue and all daily activities in Caviahue are proceeding normally, » said the village head. However, the mayor said that « we maintain the yellow alert in connection with the Chilean authorities because we believe it is right to have a surveillance; a change would involve raising the alert level to red and it would generate an immediate evacuation, which in any case is envisaged, « said Mansegosa.
In addition, the Undersecretary of Civil Defence and Civil Protection, Vanina Merlo said: « The current situation of Copahue volcano in yellow alert means that you must be careful and keep an eye on how it operates. What has been done in the media today, and is part of the behavior of the volcano Copahue for some time « he has said.
In terms of activity, Merlo explained that « emissions vary with clouds of steam and occasional emissions of ash columns. Prevailing winds dissipate these ashes that do not affect the city. They can be seen in some places in Copahue or Caviahue, but nothing that involves a change of alert or take any specific decision. «
Four earthquakes were registered under the Copahue volcano and were felt in an area of the province of Neuquen. While they are not on large scale, they were located on the surface of the mountain range that remains in the yellow alert.
The Provincial Secretary of Civil Defense, Vanina Merlo said that « the yellow alert is maintained after the earthquakes recorded between 4:30 and 7:45, which is the breakdown product of rocks under the volcano Copahue.«
The official explained that « even if they are not of great intensity, they took place at a short distance from the surface, so they can be felt throughout the communities of Copahue and Caviahue.«
He also stressed the necessity to stay « in constant contact with the civil defense in the area, as it is important to pay close attention to the behavior that occurs on the volcano, » adding that « the two activities, administrative and tourism are developed normally. «
« The Copahue volcano is an active volcano, which for a long time has been recording source of changes in his behavior and events such as clouds of steam and ash, can occur » he has said.
January 24 , 2016. Copahue , Chile / Argentina :
Sources: perfil.com , rionegro.com