Mexico – Popocatepetl erupts four times in 24 hours

Mexico – Popocatepetl erupts four times in 24 hours

A plume of smoke and steam 1.2 miles (2 km) rose into the sky at 9:04 this morning.

It was the  fourth eruption and the 88th low-intensity exhalation at Popocatepetl Volcano in 24 hours, according to the National Disaster Prevention Centre of Mexico.

Popocatépetl – Wikipedia

The series of explosions and minor eruptions that took place this week have put citizens of the neighboring city of Puebla on alert as ash rained down on the city.

Also, according to, the seismic activity caused river waters to rise for a period.

After a powerful earthquake struck central Mexico about three weeks ago (September 19), the volcano, located about 43 miles (70 km) southeast of Mexico City, registered two eruptions of steam and gas in the next four days.

Thanks to Ryan and Stephen Bird for these links

10 thoughts on “Mexico – Popocatepetl erupts four times in 24 hours

  1. OK this is just as hot LOL!
    By The Siberian Times reporter
    29 September 2017
    A bowhead whale beached on the remote outpost in the Arctic Ocean, and the news spread fast among the island’s bears.

    Just like a flock of sheep, more than 200 bears gather for a feast on the Wrangel Island. Picture: A Gruzdev
    From a distance to tourists on passing ship Akademik Shokalskiy, it looked like a flock of sheep, but it soon became evident these were ravenous polar bears feasting on an unexpected meal.
    Nature reserve rangers on the remote island calculated there were no less than 230 polar bears arriving to devour the food.
    They included single males, single females, mothers with cubs and and even two mothers with four cubs each.
    The sight was un unexpected bonanza for tourists on the Finnish-built vessel on part of an epic Arctic voyage from Murmansk to Adadyr in Chukotka.
    Information on this unique gathering has been passed to the international scientific group that monitors Chukotka and Alaska’s population of polar bears. Picture: A Gruzdev
    The group had made a layover on the island, famous as the last place on the planet inhabited by the extinct woolly mammoth.
    Information on this unique gathering has been passed to the international scientific group that monitors Chukotka and Alaska’s population of polar bears.
    Members of the group and staff of the Wrangel island nature reserve continue observations of this unusual polar bear conclave.
    The island lies in the Arctic Ocean between the Chukchi Sea and East Siberian Sea.
    Members of the group and staff of the Wrangel island nature reserve continue observations of this unusual polar bear conclave.
    Pictures below: The Wrangel Island Nature Reserve

  2. The picture of Popocatepetl does not do it justice. This mountain is HUGE! The first Americans to make the assent was in 1848 when US Army occupation troops climbed to the top. Henry Sibley, George Crittenden, and Richard Anderson would all become future Confederate generals in the American Civil War. Their leader on the assent was a very young Ulysses S. Grant.

  3. How much CO2 is released in a volcanic eruption. is there scale by size of an eruption or how is it measured?

    • In the overall scheme of CO2 emissions all current erupting volcanoes do not contribute more than 20% of man made emissions. However man made emissions are a very small percentage compared to other natural emissions.

      Denuding the tropical rain forests does the most harm. They soak in a massive amount or they did when they were still there.

      The oceans soak up most of the natural CO2.

      Having said all that. Green house gas theory is only a theory. A “consensus” says that the theory is correct even though it contravenes the laws of thermodynamics.

      Here’s another volcanic related theory.

      The consensus amongst many “scientists” is that a huge meteor strike in Mexico is the cause of the KT extinction event. 66 million years ago.

      There is another school of thought that the Deccan traps volcanic system caused the KT extinction – the time period paralleled the 66 million years ago.

      What goes against the Meteor consensus is that there were quite a few huge strikes by other meteors over the last 150 million years some of them considerably larger in size than the Mexico one. These other strikes didn’t cause a any other distinct extinction event.

      • Also of is the amount of CO2 from rivers and streams in forested areas in the temperate zones.

        The paper “Significant efflux of carbon dioxide from streams and rivers in the United States” by David Butman and Peter A. Raymond, they say —

        Here, we estimate the amount of carbon degassed from streams and rivers in the United States using measurements of temperature, alkalinity and pH, together with high-resolution data on the morphology and surface area of these waterways. We show that streams and rivers in the US are supersaturated with carbon dioxide when compared with the atmosphere, emitting 97±32Tg carbon each year.
        We further show that regionally, carbon dioxide evasion from streams and rivers is positively correlated with annual precipitation, which we attribute to climatic regulation of stream surface area, and the flushing of carbon dioxide from soils. Scaling our analysis from the US to temperate rivers between 25◦N and 50◦N, we estimate a release of around 0.5Pg carbon to the atmosphere each year.

        My emphasis added.

  4. While on the volcanic / tectonic subject.
    Anybody checked the amount of Mag 6+ earthquakes around the “Pacific ring of fire” in the last few days?

    Seem to be more than normal.

  5. Les Francis, You mention the loss of tropical rain forests as the main cause of CO2 not being absorbed. How old of a forest are you talking about? Hardwood trees, like an oak tree, as a rule, only absorb CO2 well for about 80 years and then decline somewhat quickly in their absorbing abilities. Soft wood trees, like pines, are only valuable at CO2 absorbing for 15 years then they decline very rapidly. It it would seem keeping forests “young” would be the best approach if one wanted to used them as active CO-2 sinks. If one really was concerned about CO2 getting out of control to begin with. Losing habitat is the only shame (a large one mind you) in the rain forest. The soils are already nothing more than one variation or another of clay from all the rains.

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