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The Ubinas Volcano in southwest Peru spewed smoke and ash into the sky on Thursday, marking the eighth eruption this week.

Authorities closed schools and are recommending the evacuation of 150 residents of Querapi, a community two-point-five miles from the volcano's crater.

Vulcanologist Pablo Masias says they are facing a pre-eruption phenomenon, with emissions of ash, and further volcanic activity is expected.

The eighteen-thousand-six-hundred foot volcano is considered one of Peru's most active, with more than 20 eruptions reported since the 16th century.

In 2006, authorities in Peru declared a state of emergency in towns close to Ubinas after they were showered by ash from the volcano.

It had not erupted for 40 years prior to 2006.

The area is currently under a yellow alert and officials have distributed masks and goggles to area residents.

The increased volcanic activity comes as Peru experiences its heaviest snowfall in 10 years.

Last week President Ollanta Humala announced an emergency in nine provinces in the region which have been affected by low temperatures and snowfall.

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