The Popocatépetl Volcano registered a slight explosion this Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Video and photographs of the small explosion that the Popocatépetl volcano recorded on Tuesday, April 4, circulated through social networks. In addition, the National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) reported that the volcanic alert was in Amarillo Phase 2, which urged users not to approach it since there is a danger of falling ballistic fragments.
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In the last 24 hours, the volcano has registered intense activity accompanied by more than 200 exhalations and at least three explosions with no forecast of danger to the surrounding communities: “It has presented exhalations and tremor segments accompanied by ash and even explosions with incandescent fragments “, the Cenapred statement detailed.
Likewise, the monitoring carried out at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) detailed that up to now 223 exhalations accompanied by water vapor, volcanic gases and ash had been reported.
This is how the explosions of the volcano looked (photo: Webcams of Mexico / Twitter)
“83 minutes of low amplitude and high frequency tremor were recorded, as well as 6 minutes of harmonic tremor, a volcanotectonic earthquake that occurred yesterday at 5:03 p.m. local time, with a magnitude of 1.3 and 45 minutes of exhalation sequences,” they reported.
On the other hand, Cenapred invited visitors and citizens not to approach the vicinity of the volcano or the crater due to the constant fall of ballistic fragments and in case of heavy rains to move away from the bottom of ravines due to the danger of mud flows and rubbish.
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The yellow Phase 2 traffic light will continue as long as the following conditions apply:
– Pyroclastic flows and short range mudflows.
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– Low and intermediate scale explosive activity.
– Ash rains will have to be light to moderate in nearby towns.
Webcams de México captured the passage of a shooting star near the Popocatépetl Volcano (photo: Webcams de México/Twitter)
– Respect the security radius of 12 km, for this reason staying in the volcano area will not be allowed.
– Moderate traffic between Santiago Xalitzintla and San Pedro Nexapa, via Paso de Cortés.
– The surrounding residents were recommended to pay attention to the notices provided by the local authorities.
– Finally, that the Civil Protection authorities maintain their preventive procedures in accordance with the operational plans.
It should be remembered that the monitoring is updated every 24 hours, and according to information from the institutions, a timely notice will be made of any change, while the level of the volcanic alert traffic light will depend on the evolution of its activity.
There could be ash fall in Angelópolis, Tlaxacala and municipalities of the State of Mexico photo: Cenapred)
On the other hand, during the first hours of April 4, the cameras of Webscams Méxcio captured the exact moment in which a shooting star illuminated the crater of the Popocatépetl Volcano as it passed near its skirts, at an altitude of 4,000 meters between the towns. from Pela Gallina and La Venta, by Tlamacas, a mountain in the State of Mexico.
Due to the exhalations and small explosions of the volcano, Civil Protection explained that for the following hours ash fall is expected in Angelópolis, Tlaxacala and municipalities of the State of Mexico, given these conditions the following recommendations were made known:
– Consume plenty of fluids and foods with vitamins.
– Keep doors and windows closed.
– Cover the water containers.
– Use face masks or handkerchiefs in the case of people with respiratory diseases.
– Protect pets.
Popocatépetl is one of the 46 active and high-risk volcanoes found in Mexico, while others of the most important according to the institutions are: Volcán de Fuego in Colima, Ceboruco in Nayarit, Pico de Orizaba in Veracruz and Chichón in Chiapas. .