May 21, 2013
Neuquén raises alert to 'orange' over Copahue volcano eruption
As the Copahue volcano continues to erupt, the Neuquén province Emergency Committee, with Governor Jorge Sapag at the helm, decided to raise the alert level from “yellow” to “orange”, and although they clarified this is just a precautionary measure, they did not rule out a possible evacuation.
Sapag told the press that the seismic activity being registered is “big” and that an evacuation could be necessary.
The decision was reached after the committee analyzed the volcano’s activity in the last few hours.
Reports coming from local and international specialized organizations described “an increase in seismic activity” and observed “incandescence in the crater,” which would indicate the presence of magma in the surface.
Therefore it was announced that the towns of Copahue and Caviahue, located at the base of the mountain, would receive additional supplies of fuel, gas, water and facemasks.
Gymnasiums in the nearby towns of Loncopué and Las Lajas would be supplied with blankets and food in case of an evacuation.
Experts say it now depends on whether the situation worsens, which could lead to the evacuation of over 800 people.