Marzo 18, 11:00 h (Marzo 18, 17:00 GMT)
In the last 24 hours, through the monitoring systems of the Popocatépetl volcano, 117 exhalations of low intensity were identified, accompanied by the emission of water vapor, gas and, in some cases, slight amounts of ash. An explosion recorded yesterday at 9:38 pm, the height of the column reached 4 km, throwing incandescent fragments up to 2.5 km on the slopes, which caused fires in the grassland areas (image 1 ) (image 2 ) (video 1 ) (video 2 ). In addition were registered 139 minutes of tremor of low amplitude.
During the nigth was observed the continuous emission of volcanic gases persisted, as well as incandescence in the crater area, the quality of some episodes (image 3 ).
At this time, slight gas emission is observed, which is dispersed in an easterly direction (image 3).
CENAPRED emphasizes that people SHOULD NOT go near the volcano, especially near the crater, due to the hazard caused by ballistic fragments (image 5) and in case of heavy rains leave the bottoms of ravines by the danger of landslides and debris flows.
The 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 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.