Volcano Eruption in Mexico on September 24 2018 06:17 PM (UTC).
The active volcano Popocatepetl, located in Central Mexico, has exploded Saturday evening, sending ash two kilometers into the air with the cloud of smoke moving in a northeast direction. Videos from the eruption show a powerful explosion and traces of magma flowing out of the crater. Possible ash fall is expected in areas surrounding the summit. At the moment the volcanic warning issued by the Federal Civil Protection remains at 'Phase 2'. Authorities have urged citizens to stay clear of the region, and those already in the area to take precaution against a potential ash fall. Pyroclastic flows are also possible following the eruption.
Authorities in Morelos are on high alert due to heightened activity at the Popocatepetl volcano. Aerial inspections of the volcano's crater have found that a lava dome has formed inside it, a condition that poses an elevated risk for the towns nearby. Over the last 48 hours,Civil Protection officials have kept the volcano under close observation as it expelled ash and water vapor. Two explosions this morning sent ash into 10 municipalities in Puebla. Civil Protection Chief Enrique Clement Gallardo said that if volcanic activity continues to increase, towns located near the volcano will be evacuated Previous volcanic explosions have released incandescent matter and present a deadly risk. Popocatepetl straddles the borders of the states of Morelos, Puebla and Mexico and lies just 72 kilometers southeast of Mexico City.
In the last 24 hours, the Popocatepetl volcano recorded 62 exhalations accompanied by water vapor, gas and ash, 5 explosions and 784 minutes of harmonic tremors, according to the National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred). During the night there was visibility, however, no incandescence was observed. At the time of this report it was observed that the emissions are dispersed towards the northwest," the agency said in its most recent report. They asked the population not to approach the volcano and especially the crater, because of the danger that the fall of ballistic fragments still exists. They stressed that in case of heavy rains, you should move away from the bottoms of ravines by the danger of landslides and mudflows and indicated that Popocatepetl remains in Phase 2 Yellow. With this Phase, explosive activity could continue from low to intermediate scale, mild to moderate ash rains in nearby populations, in addition to possible pyroclastic flows and short-range mudflows. The Cenapred called on the local authorities to continue with the security radius of 12 kilometers to avoid the presence of unauthorized persons in that zone and to maintain controlled traffic between Santiago Xalitzintla and San Pedro Nexapa, via Paso de Cortes. To the Civil Protection authorities, they urged them to maintain their preventive procedures, in accordance with their operational plans and the population, to remain attentive to official information that is disseminated through the media or official networks. In case of ash fall, you should cover nose and mouth with a wet handkerchief or mask and clean eyes and throat with pure water. Use eye-glasses and avoid contact lenses to reduce eye irritation, as well as closing windows or cover them and stay inside as much as possible. These are the current recommendations to the public. The monitoring of the Popocatepetl volcano is carried out continuously 24-hours a day, any change in the activity will be reported with further recommendations to keep the public safe.
Ash spewing from the Popocatepetl volcano has reached the southern neighborhoods of Mexico's capital. The National Center for Disaster Prevention warned Mexicans on Saturday to stay away from the volcano after activity picked up in the crater and it registered 183 emissions of gas and ash over 24 hours. The center was monitoring multiple rumblings and tremors. Images on social media showed thin layers of ash coating car windshields in neighborhoods of Mexico City such as Xochimilco. Geophysicists have noticed an increase in activity at the volcano that sits 45 miles (72 kilometers) southeast of the capital since a 7.1-magnitude earthquake rocked central Mexico in September 2017. The volcano known as "Don Goyo" has been active since 1994.