Radius expands around Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano after increase in emissions

Thursday, November 21, 2013
By Paul Martin

November 21, 2013

MEXICO – The Popocatepetl volcano showcased with a layer of snow was observed throughout the morning and mid-day from the city of Puebla and columns generated by medium-intensity exhalations. According to the monitoring system of the National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) in the last 24 hours, the colossus presented 57 exhalations of low intensity, probably accompanied by emissions of steam and gas. The scientific body apparatuses volcano tectónicos detected six earthquakes of magnitude less than 2.5. “This morning there was medium-intensity exhalations at 05:47, 5:57, 7:28, 7:36 and 8:46 hours. At the time of this report, there was low-cloud visibility. Nevertheless, this morning the volcano was witnessed with a light emission of water vapor and gases, the agency of the federal Interior Ministry said. The Volcanic Alert Semaphore Yellow is in Phase 2. The scenarios that could occur in coming hours may include: explosive activity of low to intermediate scale, ash rains mild to moderate in nearby towns, and pyroclastic flows and mudflows short range. Given the activity of the Colossus, the Cenapred recommended further safety radius of 12 km, so that staying in that area is not permitted, and maintain controlled traffic between Santiago and San Pedro Nexapa Xalitzintla via Paso de Cortes. –El Diario MX (translated)

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