Skip to comments.Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano spews ash, gas
Posted on 05/18/2013 6:17:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Columns of gas and ash 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) high were detected after two strong explosions from the Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico's Cenapred disaster-management agency said Friday.
The first blast came at 10:14 p.m. Thursday, followed by another a little more than two hours later.
The explosions deposited glowing fragments up to 1.5 kilometers from the crater as well as columns of ash and gas that were carried northeastward by the prevailing winds, Cenapred said.
Popocatepetl, which rises 5,452 meters (17,875 feet) above sea level, is located about 64 kilometers (40 miles) from Mexico City.
Mexican authorities have prepared contingency plans to evacuate communities near the volcano and they placed around 700 military personnel on alert to aid in that effort should it become necessary.
The closest municipalities to Popocatepetl are around 12 kilometers (7.2 miles) away.
Popocatepetl, Mexico's second-highest peak, is one of 14 active volcanoes in the Aztec nation.
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Mexico's Cenapred disaster-management agency provided this photo of an explosion of gas and ash from the Popocatepetl volcano, located about 64 kilometers (40 miles) from Mexico City. EFE/CENAPRED
Um...what Aztec nation?
I caught that too.
that worked out well for the aztecs and history repeats ima siding with the volcano on this one
Careful that this volcano doesn’t pull the plug on the swamp land that Mexico City is built on.
mired in the mire and buried in ash i like it
You didn't hear? Montezuma the 23rd just abdicated. His son Montezuma the 24th just took over. He's planning to attack Spain next year.
Wow, I climbed the 3 highest Mexican volcanoes, Ixta, Popo and Orizaba in the early 1990’s. Popo has been closed for climbing for much of the time since then. It was spewing steam when I climbed Popo. Like having 1000 matches struck under your nose. Wonder what the EPA thinks about their Diesel and Gasoline sulpher reduction mandates being wiped out by a volcano they cannot regulate or arrest?
Just had two Alaska volcanos lit off in just the last couple of days, Cleveland and Pavlof, they are about 700 miles from me down the Aleutians. They are all including Mexico part of the Ring Of Fire.
I suggest we start observing these events.
Alaska Volcano Observatory.
Quick start the sacrifices! All Illegals in America return home ASAP for the sacrifice pool to appease Xiuhcoatl, return immediately to save Mexico!!
one of 14 active volcanoes in the Aztec nation
and folks wonder where the Aztecs went..
Why were the Spanish there? To collect sulfur so they could make gunpowder out of local ingredients.
Any data yet on seismic maximum magnitude?
Wonder what the EPA thinks..
Heard one of the EPA fed guys talk earlier this year about all the pollution in Texas. He acknowledged that much of it was coming from Mexico which is why Texas needs to lower their rate to compensate for it. Everyone in the room laughed. You just can’t account for stupid sometimes.
I learned to say it as a kid, its like POPE-Pa COT Ta Petal
Back in 1970, Mr. Mercat and I camped in the saddle between popo and iota. We were able to see all the ranges in both directions to the Atlantic and to the Pacific. Amazing place.
I know where you are describing. I am trying to remember the name of the pass. Was it The Pass of Cortez?
I was stationed in Mexico City 1991-1993. Our quarters were in the ‘burbs above the bowl of MC. When I went out to run in the clear early morning, often before first light, I could see Popo. It was very dramatic. Clear days were, however, few and far between.
Wow, I have climbed Cotopaxi as well. Also Cayambe and Chimboraso, all in Ecuador. Cotopaxi blew a big steam eruption suddenly when I was standing at the rim. Popo was more of a constant steam release. Popo had a bubbling lake in the bottom of the crater while everything else around the top was glacier.
Let ‘er rip!
The earth is not done with us yet.
No, my name is not Popocatepetl, why do you ask?
Here is the perfect answer: We’ll lower the population by sending Mexican immigrants back, reducing our population and output AND sending them back to a lower carbon footprint lifestyle to boot.
I climbed to within 400 feet of the top in 1957 or 8. That is about 17,400 feet. Started to feel sick and dizzy and turned around. Still an amazing experience. I don’t believe that Cortez viewed Tenochtitlan from the top of Popo. He or someone else did have people climb to the top to scrape up sulfur for making gun powder. Regarding pollution coming into Texas from Mexico. Is it from those Maquilador (sp?) factories set up in Mexico near the border by our business people and others to take advantage of cheap labor and low pollution emission standards?
It seems there is more than the usual amount of volcanic activity these days. Here is the link for a spectacular photo of the volcano on the Chile/Argentina border which has caused to government to evacuate people.
See my Comment #29 for a spectacular volcano photo.
That is a fantastic photo.
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