With the imminent eruption of Copahue volcano, the governor of Neuquén, Jorge Sapag, said that, the volcano will have the last word, and has asked to wait 72 hours, as the specialists recommended, not to give rise to false expectations amongst the evacuees.
The National Geology and Mining Service of Chile said in its latest report: The seismic activity recorded during the last 24 hours showed an upward trend from the last report
Sapag also remarked that the Army quickly came to set up a fully operational communications system, the same they installed in Villa La Angostura following volcanic ash fall in December, but this time in just24 hours.
Asked by reporters about the situation Neuquén, Sapag said they were in constant contact with local and Chilean specialists and waiting for the news supplied by volcanologist .
Sapag added that he volcanologists had said that in the following 72 hours the volcano was to express itself clearly. “So we’ll wait out these 72 hours. Let's be very cautious about making decisions. Regarding volcanic activity, he said we can confirm that the decision to shift to red alert evacuation was a wise decision, because the magma is rising.
Microearthquakes are still occurring, a critical mass is rising through the conduit of the volcano, so we have to be attentive to see if the final process of the volcano is solid, liquid or gaseous,” he added.