Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano blasts out ash cloud

August 31, 2011 MEXICO CITY – The Popocatepetl (po-po-ka-TEH-peh-tel) volcano south of Mexico City is shooting blasts of ash from its crater. Mexico’s national disaster prevention agency says the volcano has spewed ash more than a half mile (a kilometer) into the sky four times Tuesday. It says there is a possibility ash could fall onto Mexico City overnight. The agency is urging people to stay at least 7 miles (12 kilometers) from the crater. The 17,886-foot (5,450-meter) volcano is about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of the capital. –SF Gate
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3 Responses to Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano blasts out ash cloud

  1. Wiseguy says:

    Mmmm, let me review my checklist:
    1- Volcanoes erupting worldwide… Check
    2- Swarms of quakes worldwide… Check
    3- Hurricane Katia coming… Check
    4- El Hierro shaking… Check
    5- Iceland Katla soon erupting… Check
    6- Quakes on unusual areas… Check
    OK, everything right on schedule, 3-2-1…Go


  2. Typically between 20 to 30 are exhibiting activity at any given time. I haven’t tallied the numbers for the year thus far.


  3. luisport says:

    Mexico’s Popocatépetl always gets people’s attention – this is thanks to its proximity to Mexico City. Whenever you juxtapose an active volcano with one of the world’s most populous cities, you know that the news will latch onto any activity quickly. This is why we saw a blast of article late yesterday about 4 explosions that occurred at Popocatépetl. These explosions (accompanying by volcanic tremor) produced small plumes that reached ~1 km / 3,200 feet and dusted parts of the outlying areas of Mexico City with ash. CENAPRED has now warned people from getting closer than 12 km from the crater of the volcano. They think these new explosions are all phreatic – that is, groundwater seeped into the volcano and produced steam explosions – so it is not out of character for Popo – and they warned that there is likely to be more small explosions over the next few days as well.

    Remember, there are quite a few webcams pointed at Popocatépetl, so you might catch the volcano in the act.


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