Friday, June 3, 2011

Awaken the Popocatpetl

The volcano Popocatepetl, located 55 kilometers southeast of Mexico City, has raised today by issuing a column of ash three miles high after a slight tremor. The giant started its business at 06.37 hours (13.37 CET in Spain) with a giant smoker and his ashes were moved to the states of Mexico, Morelos and Puebla, as reported by the National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) in a statement.

"The event began with a sign of tremor (shaking) which was increasing its size by some minutes," the statement said. The activity of Popocatepetl, one of the natural symbols of the country, continues but with less intensity. The alert level will remain at Yellow Phase 2 is "moderate exhalations, some with ash emissions, sporadic bursts of low to moderate probability of emission of incandescent fragments a short and slight glow in the crater," says the center.

Although currently not a risk to nearby towns, Civil Protection has ordered to maintain "safety radius" of 12 kilometers around the volcano. He has also called on the authorities of the states of Mexico, Morelos and Puebla to enable early warning to act in case the activity of the giant increase in the coming hours.

The volcano, with a height of 5,426 meters above sea level making it the second highest mountain in Mexico, is launching regular smokers and is visible from some areas of Mexico City. According to a recent study by the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM) of Mexico, Popocatepetl, also known as Don Goyo, has lost four of its glaciers over the past 15 years by global warming.

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