The Lascar volcano is an active andesitt and dacitt
stratovolocano, assembled by 6 craters,
with the active crater near the center. The crater is about 800 m wide
and 300 m deep. On the picture
above, you may see deposits from the 1993-eruption. The Lascar volcano
is the most active volcano in the Andes.
January 5, 2012
According to reports from the Volcano Observatory in Los Andes del
Sur (OVDAS) belonging to the
National Geology and Mining (SERNAGEOMIN) during the last 26 hours,
the Volcanic Activity Special Report
dated January 5, 2012, has observed an increase in seismic activity
of Lascar volcano, in the Region of Antofagasta.
We conclude that presents a slight variation of the seismic activity
of Lascar volcano, represented by the occurrence of a seismic swarm
events volcanotectónico whose features suggest a location in
the vicinity of the volcano.
Therefore, SERNAGEOMIN proceeds to raise the volcanic alert to YELLOW.
Similarly, in consideration of the
evidence presented and in accordance to the complementarity of the National
Civil Protection System for Volcanic Activity, ONEMI declares yellow
alert for the municipality of San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region.
SERNAGEOMIN continues monitoring the volcano in line, and the Regional
Bureau for coordinating with ONEMI keep the members of Civil Protection
System to alert a timely and adequate response to any emergency volcanic
product of the condition.
The mayor of the municipality of San Pedro de Atacama, CONAF, ONEMI
Regional Police of Chile, Army, Fire Service,
Health, Roads, Water Patagonia, Forest Enterprises, Director of Water,
all regional ministries, and others SERNATUR
public and private should act in coordination and preparedness measures
to adopt, support and respond to any changes in
the state of alert, at a regional level of development decisions and
actions taken effect.