Popocatepetl records 41 exhalations accompanied by steam and ash

The Popocatepetl volcano presented an intense activity in a period of 24 hours, a period in which 41 exhalations who were accompanied by columns of water vaporgases and light amounts of ash that went to the northeast.

being a active volcano and one of the highest risk in the entire country, the activity of Popocatépetl is of main importance for residents of neighboring areas in Morelos, Puebla and the Mexico state.

According to the report of the National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) on this Wednesday, February 23, the monitoring systems of the colossus detected a volcano-tectonic earthquake with a magnitude of 1.4, an activity that did not represent any risk to the population.

According to Cenapred monitoring, the activity recorded by Popocatépetl is within the parameters of the Yellow Alert Phase 2. The scenarios foreseen for this phase, according to the specialists of the scientific organization, contemplate the continuation of the explosive activity of low to intermediate scale, light to moderate ash rains in nearby towns, possibility of pyroclastic flows and short-range mudflows.

They exhort not to approach Popocatépetl

The group of scientists that is part of the organization exhorted the population not to approach the volcano and especially the crater, due to the danger implied by the fall of ballistic fragments; while, in case of heavy rains, it is recommended to move away from the bottoms of ravines due to the danger of mud and debris flows.

“During the morning, a slight emission of water vapor and volcanic gases with a northwest direction is observed,” they indicated.

For its part, the General Coordination of Civil Protection of the State (Cgpce) of Puebla announced that, according to the HYSPLIT Model, the ash from the emissions of the Popocatépetl volcano was directed towards the municipalities of the Atlixco-Matamoros region within the poblano territory; and to the states of Morelos and the State of Mexico.

What happens if Popocatepetl explodes?

The last violent eruption of the volcano was recorded from December 18 to 19, 2000

Flow could occur spill or flow of pyroclasticswhich are mixtures of volcanic gases, water, ash and other solid parts. The speeds of these avalanches have a maximum of up to 66 km/h with average speeds of 250 km/h. In addition to aerial materials and ash fall.

The last violent eruption of the volcano it was recorded from December 18 to 19, 2000. On December 25, 2005, a new explosion occurred in the crater of the volcano, causing a column of smoke and ash 3 kilometers high and the expulsion of lava.

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