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Peru's Sabancaya volcano spews more smoke and ash

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 00:59

Peru's Sabancaya Volcano erupts yet again spewing an ash cloud hundreds of meters into the sky, just days after an earlier, record-setting eruption. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Peru's active Sabancaya Volcano erupted again on Wednesday spewing an ash cloud high into the sky. The volcano erupted just last Friday where that ash cloud reached a record height of some 3,000 meters (9, 842 feet). The new activity came just hours after a flurry of small explosions at the volcano. The 20,000-foot (6,000-meter) volcano Sabancaya, which means "tongue of fire" in Quechua, has been in seismic activity for 18 years, when it had an eruptive period that has since continued with various intensities. It sits atop the South America tectonic plate, which forces magma to the surface when it clashes with the neighbouring Nazca plate. Thousands of people live in the valleys surrounding the volcano. Some have already started to leave the region due to the rumbling. Sabancaya, active historically, was dormant for 200 years before erupting into activity several times in the 1980s and 1990s. No casualties were reported at that and the volcano has only experienced small eruptions since. Sabancaya is about 62 miles (99 kilometers) from the city of Arequipa, one of Peru's three largest cities, which was recently hit by heavy rains and flooding. About 1.2 million people live in that city.

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Peru's Sabancaya volcano spews more smoke and ash

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 00:59