Peruvian authorities have decreed a curfew in the Puno region following anti-government protests that left 18 people dead on Monday, Prime Minister Alberto Otálora announced on Tuesday.
A representative from the Peruvian Ministry of Energy and Mines said this weekend that the country is ready to start mining uranium in the southern Puno region. During a workshop on uranium mining targeted at public service personnel, Martha Vásquez, head of the Mining Management Division at the ministry, said that the country is well-equipped to responsibly exploit the radioactive mineral.
Peru's government has declared a state of emergency and carried out numerous evacuations in the areas hit in one way or another by the Ubinas volcano's eruptive process which has affected around 30,000 people in the south of the country, mainly due to the dispersion of ashes, authorities reported Sunday.
An earthquake measuring 7.0 degrees on the Richter scale Friday rattled southern Peru, 67 km (41 miles) north-northwest of Juliaca, near the Bolivian border, it was reported.