Tonga: a new "large eruption" of the submarine volcano was detected
© CIRA / NOAA The submarine volcano erupted three days ago. Here, on January 15th. CIRA / NOAA via Reuters The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai has awakened again. A new "big eruption" was detected on the volcano close to the Tonga Islands, entered into activity three days ago, and who triggered a tsunami Saturday in the Pacific, announced Monday (on the night from Sunday to Monday In France) a monitoring station based in Australia.
refinery © Peruvian Navy / AFP
U Next "relatively small" new leakage "has occurred off the Peruvian coast during work on an underwritten pipeline. Marine of the Refinery of the Spanish Petroleum Group Repsol intended to determine the causes of the oil tide occurred on January 15 since the same facility.
"The (new) leakagement would have occurred on January 25 at the preliminary work of the withdrawal of the PLEM (Pipeline End Manifolds), which are underwater equipment for" oil, "explained Wednesday the agency. Evaluation and environmental monitoring (OEFA), which depends on the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment.
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"We have seen the leak, which is relatively small," said RPP Local Radio the ship captain Jesus Menacho, Chief Operations of Peruvian Coast Guard. "It's under control. Checks are in progress so that this new leak does not touch the ribs," he added.
At the same time, the Osinergmin, the public body that oversees energy investments, indicated that during "the operation to remove the remaining oil" from the pipeline Tuesday, "a volume of estimated crude oil At 8 barrels (nearly 1.300 liters) was dumped, before being checked ".
earlier Wednesday, the Peruvian navy made known that during an inspection flight made on Tuesday to monitor the affected area by the first black tide, the crew had observed a "oily tablecloth" near the pipeline.
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© Handout New Zealand Defense Force / AFP The Tonga Islands are practically cut from the rest of the world since the volcanic explosion of Saturday, January 15, 2022. International aid begins to reach the Tonga Islands one week after the volcanic eruption followed by a devastating tsunami in this Pacific archipelago. The first aircraft and vessels carrying emergency assistance as well as communication devices have arrived on site. A thick layer of volcanic ash now covers the archipelago.
consulted by the Navy, the refinery officials had admitted that before "the inspection and reparation" of the oil pipeline, of oil "had infiltrated" at sea, according to the Marine Communiqué.
This incident occurred ten days after a first black tide off the coast of the center of the Peru , from the same refinery of La Pampilla, located in Ventanilla, 30 km north of Lima, and Repsol property.
Tuesday night, before the announcement of the authorities, Repsol Peru had denied any new black tide. "We drop a second spill of hydrocarbons. We are warning the population against the circulation of false information," said the company on its website.
"We will file a complaint in front of the Ventanilla floor for this new black tide. It's unacceptable that they continue to pollute the sea and the environment every day," reacted to the AFP José Llacuachaqui, a representative of the artisanal fishermen of the area.
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On January 15, 6,000 barrels of crude have spread at sea during the unloading of a tanker made difficult by the strong swell present that day.
This black tide has defiled the ribs more than 40 kilometers from the refinery. She resulted in the death of thousands of fish and marine birds and put hundreds of craft fishermen unemployed. In the middle of the southern summer, the tourism sector of this area is also hit hard.
According to the government, more than 180 hectares of littoral have been soiled, as well as 713 hectares of maritime spaces.
The leaders of Repsol in Peru reject the responsibility for the strong swell present that day after the powerful volcanic eruption in the Tonga Islands which caused a tsunami in the Pacific.
The Prosecutor detached from the Ministry of the Environment, Julio Cesar Guzman, announced Wednesday that four representatives of Repsol who "were responsible for assessing the risk of management", were the subject of an investigation and would be summoned. Parquet.
"Damage is undeniable," Guzman said on RPP radio, stating that an act of "pollution" according to Peruvian law, was "punishable by 4 to 5 years" in prison.
"But in aggravated cases, it can go up to 6 or 7 years," he stressed, reminding that refinery officials had provided "false information to the competent authorities" about the oil tide January 15th.
Depending on the parquet, Repsol had first reported a spill of "six galleons" (about 27 liters) of crude. It has been proven later that 6,000 barrels, nearly one million liters, had finished in the sea.
26/01/2022 18:39:04 - Callao (Peru) (AFP) - © 2022 AFP
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