Popo spews glowing rock, tower of ash

Popo spews glowing rock, tower of ash

“It sounds like the roaring of the sea,” says nearby resident.

Popocatepetl volcano - Webcam image on the site of the National Disaster Prevention Center

Webcam images on the National Disaster Prevention Center website showed a towering plume of ash rising from the top of the 17,886-foot (5,450-meter) peak this morning, while the Televisa television network broadcast images of red, glowing material rising from the crater and falling on its slopes.

Up on the mountain, it feels incredible,” said nearby resident Aaron Sanchez Ocelotl. “It sounds like the roaring of the sea.”

“Everyone needs to take this seriously. This buzzing, this roaring isn’t normal,” said Gregorio Fuentes Casquera, assistant mayor of Xalitzintla, a village about seven miles (12 km) from the summit.

Most violent eruption in 1,200 years

Authorities this week raised the alert level at the volcano – whose most violent eruption in 1,200 years occurred on Dec. 18, 2000 – to yellow phase three from yellow phase two,  the third-highest warning on the center’s seven-step scale.

Though not ready to order evacuations, the coordinator general for civil protection, Laura Gurza, urged people living near the mountain to be “very very attentive” to action at the volcano, which lies about 40 miles (65 km) from Mexico City.

Popo Webcam - www.cenapred.unam.mx/popo/ImgPopoTlamacas.html

Popocatépetl Webcam

The image, which is updated every minute, shows the northern flank of the volcano including the glacier. Intense cloudy or transmission problems can sometimes affect visibility of the volcano

Thanks to Dr Armando Páez in Puebla, Mexico for the webcam link

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7 thoughts on “Popo spews glowing rock, tower of ash”

  1. Vulcanologist are not normally known for their scarey type opinions or understatements however here’s one from a U.S. based one

    All this news about the reaction of people living near the volcano makes me nervous, especially when I read about people near the volcano choosing not to leave when the threat is present

    If a vulcanologist gets worried, the local populace around a dangerous potential eruption should be as well

  2. The big question in my mind is: when and where the next large, VEI6- VEI7, will happen? I’m betting SW Pacific.
    Pinatubo is already more than 20 years in the past.

  3. looking at solar info I would think this one and others will get more active, not less in the coming week+.
    as for folks near or on slopes not moving..Darwin Awards to them all.

  4. Both this volcano and the recent earthquakes in Mexico all line up along the 5/20/2012 Solar Eclipse. Just before the Honshu, Japan quake in 2011 there was a volcano that went active North of the Japan Islands. does anyone find it strange that if you plot the recent quakes in Mexico they appear to be creeping towards CA and recently there was a strange M3.9 that struck O.C. and surprised scientists?

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