Mexico raises alert for Popocatepetl volcano

                                 

Apr 17, 2012 - 05:51

Mexico raises alert for Popocatepetl volcano

The Popocatepetl volcano spews a cloud of ash and steam high into the air as seen from Puebla

The Popocatepetl volcano spews a cloud of ash and steam high into the air as seen from Puebla (reuters_tickers)

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican authorities raised the alert level for the Popocatepetl volcano near to Mexico City on Monday after it started spewing red-hot fragments of rock.

The lava dome of Popocatepetl, some 50 miles (80 km) to the southeast of the capital, started to expand on Friday, Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention said.

This change in activity in the 5,450 meter (17,900 foot) volcano could provoke big explosions capable of sending incandescent fragments out over considerable distances, as well as ash showers, the centre said in a statement.

The centre raised the alert level to yellow phase three from yellow phase two, indicating possible magma expulsion and explosions of increasing intensity. It is the third-highest warning on the centre's seven-step scale.

Emergency services should ready evacuation teams and shelters, limit access to the area around the volcano and alert air-traffic control systems, the centre said in its statement.



Experts have noted increased activity in Popocateptl in 2012. It has spewed smoke and ash sporadically over the last few years and a major eruption in 2000 forced the evacuation of nearly 50,000 residents in three states surrounding the peak.



(Reporting by Elinor Comlay and Armando Tovar; Editor by David Brunnstrom)

Reuters

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Comment by Levi B. on April 17, 2012 at 5:06pm

Was 5 when Mt saint Helens went off and lived in Portland Oregon.Was crazy & showed me how small we are when it comes to nature,Be Safe & Stay Sound if anywhere near it...

Comment by Maria De Wind on April 17, 2012 at 5:37pm
Comment by Maria De Wind on April 17, 2012 at 5:41pm
Comment by Cryptocurrency on April 17, 2012 at 7:50pm

Hey I just heard from a former gf that lives in Mexico City, is she anywhere near this?

Comment by Maria De Wind on April 17, 2012 at 9:22pm

Depends on which part of Mexico City, some 50 miles (80 km) to the southeast of the capital, but then "the capital" sprawls a lot more than that

Comment by Maria De Wind on April 17, 2012 at 9:32pm

Spanish wiki

On a clear day (rare) it looks like this through a telephoto lens, all the hills in front of it are volcanic too and there are thee more large ones surrounding the city

Comment by Maria De Wind on April 17, 2012 at 9:52pm

South- southwest

South - southeast

West

East

Shit Happens

Southwest

Comment by Cryptocurrency on April 17, 2012 at 10:24pm

spent three weeks in puebla, about two hours outside of mexico city. there is a volcano there that i saw smoke a couple times. never been near an active volcano before. was a bit nervous haha.

Comment by Maria De Wind on April 17, 2012 at 11:32pm

Comment by Maria De Wind on April 17, 2012 at 11:38pm

ENJOY

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