Moderate explosion at Popocatepetl volcano

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Moderate explosion at Popocatepetl volcano
  • The Popocatepetl volcano registered two explosions that produced a 3 thousand meters high column of steam, gases and a slight amount of ash this Thursday at dawn.
  • The warning level remains at Yellow Phase 2.
  • Authorities recommended not to approach the volcano.

Early this Thursday, there was an explosion at Popocatepetl volcano, in which the fiery colossus threw incandescent fragments over its slopes; likewise, rays were observed in the eruptive column, the El Universal news agency reported.

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As reported by SkyAlert on social networks, the explosion is considered from moderate to strong and happened at 10:07 p.m. this Thursday. Based on information from Cenapred, the volcanic activity of Popocatépetl is still at the phase 2 yellow alert level.

Popocatepetl volcano registers moderate explosion

Popocatepetl volcano registers moderate explosion

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Similarly, SkyAlert specified that the recorded event is considered a Vulcan explosion or eruption, and not an eruption as such. Vulcan explosions or eruptions, like the one on Thursday night, are characterized by low-magnitude but short-lived explosions.

For its part, Civil Protection Mexico reported that the explosion generated a column of steam, gases and low ash content three thousand meters high. In the same way, it was reported that the column of smoke and ash is dispersing towards the northwest, and the population was urged not to approach the volcano, according to El Universal.

Authorities ask not to approach the volcano

Popocatepetl volcano registers moderate explosion

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It should be noted that in a monitoring of the last 24 hours, the authorities reported that until before noon on September 16, the volcano had emitted 103 exhalations accompanied by water, steam and ashes. The volcano also recorded 83 minutes of low to medium amplitude shaking and a volcano-tectonic earthquake of a magnitude calculated at 1.9 at 12:10.

Later, at 3:35 p.m., an exhalation of water vapor and ash was detected; At 18:04 an explosion that generated a column of steam, gases and ash of 1,800 meters high. To see the videos of the explosion click HERE and HERE.

They post video

Don goyo

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In the official account of the Civil Protection system, the video of one of the exhalations that occurred in the morning around 9 a.m. was published, in order to alert and keep the population informed of the behavior of ‘Don Goyo’ and don’t get too close.

So far no damage or injured people have been reported, however, a warning has already been given to the residents so that they are ready for any eventuality that may arise during the day or even at dawn.

Explosion at Popocatepetl volcano

Explosion at Popocatepetl volcano

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But in another image, the photograph of the explosion that occurred in the early morning was shown and incandescent material can be seen on the ground, although the image is in black and white, to be able to appreciate it better.

But in a video of a few seconds, it is possible to see the strong explosion that shook the houses of the residents around it, which is why the authorities are waiting for what may happen. To see the video click here.

They reiterate vigilance


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Through a statement, the authorities of the National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred), urged people to be aware of the Civil Protection notices, as well as not to get too close to the place.

In a verbatim way, they indicated: “The Cenapred urges not to approach the volcano and especially the crater, due to the danger posed by the fall of ballistic fragments and, in case of heavy rains, to move away from the bottom of ravines due to the danger of flows of mud and debris ”.

They report thousands of earthquakes in the middle of the volcano and issue an alert in the Canary Islands

canary earthquakes

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On the other hand, the authorities of the Canary Islands in Spain activated the alert for volcanic risk on the island of La Palma after more than 4,200 earthquakes were recorded in recent days, however, scientists warned that with the passing of days the earthquakes will increase.

Fears are increasing due to a possible eruption of the volcano that is on the island since, added to the telluric movements, there is a deformation of the ground which indicates that there is restless magma under the ground. The island’s volcano last erupted 50 years ago.

Earthquakes in the Canary Islands activate alarm

canary earthquakes

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The strongest tremor of those registered in the swarm of earthquakes that have occurred in recent days has had a magnitude of 3.4, according to the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan), reported The Daily Mail.

“An intensification of the type of seismic activity in the coming days cannot be ruled out,” the institute said. Likewise, the Spanish government office in the Atlantic archipelago said that the situation “could change rapidly in the short term”, but emphasized that “there is no clear evidence to suggest that an eruption is imminent.”

They issue a yellow alert

canary earthquakes

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Canary Islands authorities raised the alert level from green to yellow, the second of four levels, in certain areas around the volcano. The yellow alert level means that civil protection officials must inform the public “to take precautions before a possible volcanic eruption”, in accordance with Pevolca’s emergency plan.

In the last hours, Involcan has revealed its calculations on the magma that presses under the soil of La Palma and that has already raised the ground ten centimeters in some parts of the island: it is 11 million cubic meters.

Earthquakes have been shallow

canary earthquakes

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Involcan said that all of the earthquakes had been shallow and the “significant ground deformation” was the result of “a small volume” of new magma flowing into the reservoir below the volcano. “Without a doubt, the current seismic swarm represents a significant change in the activity of the Cumbre Vieja volcano and is related to a process of magmatic intrusion under the island of La Palma,” he said.

The president of the Cabildo de La Palma, Mariano Hernández Zapata, indicated that a rapid evolution with a “short-term” outcome was not ruled out. “We live on a volcanic island and an eruption is one of the options that can be given,” said Hernández, reported The country.

Earthquake in southwest China kills at least three


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Meanwhile, a strong earthquake destroyed houses, killed at least three people and injured dozens on Thursday in southwest China’s Sichuan province. Rescue work was underway after the 6.0 magnitude earthquake on the Ritcher scale.

According to the official Xinhua news agency, the quake struck at 4:33 a.m. on Thursday at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles) in Luxian, a county in the Chinese city of Luzhou. State broadcaster CCTV said about 88 people were injured, three of them seriously. He also reported that some 35 houses had collapsed. The Associated Press. Filed Under: Popocatepetl Volcano Explosion.

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