The Ubinas volcano started showing activity in September of 2013. Explosions and ash emissions have been recorded, and there has been a steady increase in emissions of gases and ash as energy pulses (smaller explosions and exhalations). These produce eruptive columns between 500 and 3000 meters above the crater.
Ash from Ubinas has reached an area 40 km around the volcano, which have affected the health and livelihoods of nearby communities.
Regional health authorities have adopted measures to mitigate the effects of the ash fall on the health of nearby populations.
It is important to maintain surveillance of tracer illnesses (conjunctivitis, acute respiratory infections, psychosocial effects), particularly among risk groups, as well as of contamination, especially in water sources and air quality.