Ash-spouting volcano in Peru prompts evacuation of 4,000
Published: April 17, 2014 01:07PM
Updated: April 17, 2014 01:07PM
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FILE - In this April 20, 2006, file photo, a group of Alpacas run while the Ubinas Volcano, background, 760 kilometers (470 miles) southeast of the capital of Lima, Peru, spews acid-laden ash and vapors. Peruvian authorities have orderedtheis Thursday April 17, 2014, the preventative evacuation of 4,000 people living near the Ubinas volcano, which has been spouting ash clouds up two miles high. (AP Photo, File)

Lima, Peru • Peruvian authorities have ordered the preventative evacuation of 4,000 people living near the Ubinas volcano, which has been spouting ash clouds up to 2 miles (nearly 4 kilometers) high.

The Andina state news agency quotes Agriculture Minister Juan Benites as saying it will take three days beginning Thursday to move the residents of two southern districts and their 30,000 sheep, cows, horses, burros and other animals.

Peru’s health ministry says about 40 people have complained of eye inflammation and stomach problems from ash that has been falling from Ubinas since March 29.

The 18,609-foot (5,672-meter) Ubinas is Peru’s most active volcano. It most recent strong eruption period occurred from 2006-2009.