The Popocatepetl volcano It presented intense activity in a period of 24 hours, a period in which periods of incandescence and a total of 37 exhalations were recorded that were accompanied by columns of water vapor, gases and light amounts of ash that headed west.
According to the report of the National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) of this Sunday, August 1, the monitoring systems of the colossus located between the states of Puebla, Morelos and the State of Mexico, recorded 36 minutes of tremor, that is, of characteristic movements of the volcano through the passage of magma several kilometers deep.
The tremor is produced by the blows of the magma with the walls of the magmatic chamber or in the outlet conduit and by the explosions of the gas bags or the blows of the solid blocks torn off and dragged in the ascent against the walls of the chimney volcanic.
“In the last 24 hours, through the monitoring systems of the Popocatepetl volcano, 37 exhalations were identified, some of them accompanied by water vapor, volcanic gases and low ash content. In addition, 36 minutes of low amplitude tremor ”, reveals the Cenapred report.
The Cenapred announced that the activity recorded by Popocatepetl is within the parameters of the Yellow Alert Phase 2. The scenarios envisaged for this phase, according to the specialists of the scientific body, contemplate the continuation of explosive activity on a low to intermediate scale, light to moderate ash rains in nearby towns, the possibility of pyroclastic flows and short-range mud flows.
The group of scientists that is part of the body He exhorted the population not to approach the volcano and especially the crater, because of the danger posed by falling ballistic fragments; while, in case of heavy rains, it is recommended to stay away from the bottom of ravines due to the danger of mud and debris flows.
“During the night incandescence was observed over the crater. During the morning and at the time of this report a constant of water vapor and volcanic gases with a west direction is observed ”, details the report of the agency dependent on the National Civil Protection Coordination (CNPC).
For its part, General Coordination of Civil Protection of the State (Cgpce) of Puebla disclosed that, according to the HYSPLIT model, the ash from the emissions of the Popocatépetl volcano was directed towards the metropolitan area of Angelopolis within the state of Puebla; and towards the states of Morelos and the State of Mexico.
Before the ashfall of the colossus, the Civil Protection authorities requested to close doors and windows; use a face mask or a damp tissue in case people have respiratory diseases; do not wear contact lenses; cover water containers; protect pets, as well as their food; and drink water throughout the day.