Popocatépetl sends ash as far as Mexico City after three explosions

The Mayor of Mexico City, José Ramón Amieva, reported that ash from three explosions at Popocatémetl Volcano, locally known as Popo, had reached the east and south areas of the capital.

Ash was reported in the delegations of Iztapalapa, Milpa Alta, and Xochimilco. Wind also steered ash to Tláhuac, Istacalco, Coyoacán, Tlalpan, Magdalena Contreras, and Benito Juárez.

The General Coordinator of Civil Protection in the State of Puebla reported the constant fumaroles with water vapor, gases, and ash from Popo and reaching the municipalities of Ecatzingo, Atautla, Amecameca, and Tlalmanalco in the State of Mexico.

The Center for National Disaster Prevention, Carlos Valdés, explained the ahs in Amecameca was the result of the explosion that occurred at 2:10 am on Saturday morning.

The National Coordinator of Civil Protection with the Ministry of Interior, Luis Felipe Puente, reported that the second explosion generated columns of two kilometers and occurred at 8:06 am.

A third explosion was reported at 11:10 am with a 1.2 km fumarole blowing in the northwest direction. The volcano alert still remains at Yellow Phase 2.

The activity of the volcano is increasing, and it shows an increase of exhalations and volcano-tectonic earthquakes, a magnitude greater in the last 24-hours.

“The data indicates that a significant amount of magma is rising and within months, a year, or a day, it could present an even more important activity than it has,” said the UNAM.

The increase also coincides with the 7.5 earthquake that devastated parts of Indonesia yesterday morning.

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