| March 5, 11:00 h (March 5, 17:00 GMT)
In the last 24 hours, after the train of explosions reported yesterday, which ended around 12:30 h, the monitoring system at Popocatepetl volcano has registered 39 exhalations, some of which were followed by emissions of steam and gas with moderate ash content. Additionally, 23 small explosions were registered, which produced small fine ash emissions less than 1 km in height,
The most important occurred yesterday at 12:34 (image 1) and 13:07 h (image 2), and early this morning at 03:47 (image 3) and 04:00 h (image 4).
During the night incandescence was observed in the crater of the volcano, which increased with some exhalations (image 5). At the time of this report the volcano is visible, with a tenuous plume og gases headed northeast (imagen 6).
CENAPRED emphasises that people should not go near the volcano, especially near the cráter, due to the danger caused by ballistic fragments as those metioned in the report (imagen).
With the support of National Security Commission, on february 17 there was a flight over the Popocatepetl volcano. It was observed a new dome (No.55) with 150 m diameter and 100 m depth
(VIDEO) (image), (image) , (image) y (image). The next scenario could be probably some moderate explosions which destroy the current dome. This will not change the volcanic alert level.
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.