The towering volcano over the Mexico City, Popocatepetl has begun erupting ashes yet again. The volcano has shot a huge blast of ash lengthening around 3 kilometres above its crater.
The Popocatepetl volcano that towers over Mexico City began rumbling again Friday, shooting a blast of ash about 2 miles (3 kilometers) above its crater at dawn. The ash cloud drifted first to the west and then turned back east toward the city of Puebla, Mexico's national disaster prevention agency said. The 17,886-foot (5,450-meter) mountain shook for several minutes before the ash burst out. The agency urged people to stay at least 7 miles (12 kilometers) from the crater, which is about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of Mexico's capital. Puebla state civil defense Director Jesus Morales told a local television station that the cloud "has a high ash content, but it doesn't represent a risk. A little ash could fall in Puebla city," he said. Both Morales and federal civil defense coordinator Laura Gurza warned residents in the region that they shouldn't wet down any ash that falls before sweeping it away. - CBS News.
An active volcano near Mexico City shot out a giant column of ash that rose three kilometers into the sky on Friday, but the government's national disaster agency said the event was relatively moderate and brief. The volcano Popocatepetl, a tongue-twisting name that is often shortened to "Popo," began shaking and rumbling minutes before releasing a spectacular plume of ash that caught the early morning sun. The plume moved toward the states of Puebla, Morelos and Mexico, which surround the capital, and ash was reported falling in several small communities, the National Center for the Prevention of Disasters said in a statement around midday. The disaster agency, which regularly monitors Popo, said the exhalation was normal for a volcano under a "yellow alert," and that its warning status would remain the same. The visible eruption was one of five from early Thursday to early Friday, the agency said, adding that moderate emissions of ash, water and gases were possible during the day and into the evening. - Wall Street Journal.The Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report also provides details on this unrest and new activity.
CENAPRED reported that on 30 May an ash plume from Popocatépetl rose 800 m above the crater and drifted E. Geologic Summary. Popocatépetl, whose name is the Aztec word for smoking mountain, towers to 5,426 m 70 km SE of Mexico City and is North America's second-highest volcano. Frequent historical eruptions have been recorded since the beginning of the Spanish colonial era. A small eruption on 21 December 1994 ended five decades of quiescence. Since 1996 small lava domes have incrementally been constructed within the summit crater and destroyed by explosive eruptions. Intermittent small-to-moderate gas-and-ash eruptions have continued, occasionally producing ashfall in neighboring towns and villages.