Peru faces oil spill along coast after Tonga volcanic eruption
Updated 15:10, 18-Jan-2022

At least two kilometers of Peru's central coast and two beaches were polluted by oil spilled from a discharge ship rocked by waves caused by the eruption of a volcano in Tonga, Peruvian Environment Minister Ruben Ramirez said on Monday.

Peruvian authorities sealed off three beaches Monday after they were hit by the oil spill. 

The Peruvian National Civil Defense Institute announced that the giant waves continued and that 80 ports in the north, south and central regions of the country were temporarily closed, local media reported. 

Two people have drowned off a beach in northern Peru on Sunday after unusually high waves were recorded in several coastal areas following Saturday's volcanic eruption.

(With input from agencies)

(Cover: The eruption of Tonga's Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai underwater volcano, which produced a massive plume of smoke, is captured in this image provided by NOAA's GOES-West satellite, January 15, 2022. /CFP)

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