| March 30, 11:00 h (March 30, 17:00 GMT)
In the last 24 hours the monitoring system of Popocatepetl volcano registered 76 low-intensity exhalations, probably accompanied by emissions of steam, gas and low amounts of ash, although this could not be verified due to the cloud. Also one explotion and one minute of low amplitude tremor was registered.
During the night can observed incandescence in the volcano (image 1), I the morning today the emission was south direction (image 2). At the time of this report there is no visibility due to dense cloud cover.
CENAPRED urges people not to approach the volcano and especially the crater, due to the danger of falling ballistic fragments (Fig 3).
Continuous monitoring of the activity is maintained. The Ministry of Health, the Secretary of National Defense, Federal Police and the Civil Protection Units of the States of Morelos, Puebla, Mexico, Tlaxcala and Mexico City are all vigilant of the volcano.
The Traffic Alert Volcanic of Popocatepetl is located in Amarillo Phase 2.
CENAPRED emphasizes that people should not go near the volcano, especially near the crater, due to the danger caused by ballistic fragments (image 11).
This type of activity is included within the scenarios
Volcanic Traffic Light Yellow Phase 2.
The scenarios foreseen for this phase are:
1. Explosive activity of low to intermediate level.
2. Ash fall in nearby towns.
3. Possibility of short range pyroclastic flows and mudflows .
Special emphasis is placed on the following recommendations:
1. Continue the safety radius of 12 km, so staying in that area is not allowed.
2. Keep the controlled traffic between Santiago Xalitzintla and San Pedro Nexapa through Paso de Cortés.
3. Civil Protection authorities, keep your preventive procedures, in accordance with their operational plans.
4. People, be alert to the official information disseminated.
In case of ashfall, address the following recommendations:
• Cover nose and mouth with a wet handkerchief or face mask.
• Clean eyes and throat with pure water.
• Avoid contact lenses to reduce eye irritation.
• Close windows or cover them up, and stay indoors as much as possible.
Popocatepetl Volcano monitoring is performed continuously 24 hours a day. Any change in activity will be reported in due course.