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Post  Panda on Tue 17 Apr - 16:21


Volcanic activity recorded at Mexico's 'Popo'By the CNN Wire Staff
April 17, 2012 -- Updated 1434 GMT (2234 HKT)
Popocatepetl volcano is one of Mexico's highest peaks and last had a major eruption in 2000.STORY HIGHLIGHTS
Water vapor and ash have been rising from the volcano
An alert has been issued ahead of a possible eruption
Schools were closed and the government advises to avoid the outdoors
Mexico City (CNN) -- Scientists recorded continuing volcanic activity Tuesday in Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano, which sits just southeast of Mexico City and its more than 19 million residents.

Local government officials and residents began taking precautions, with schools in the zone near the volcano closing Tuesday and the government advising residents to close windows and avoid the outdoors.

Activity had decreased in Popocatepetl overnight, but eight exhalations of low intensity were recorded, Mexico's National Center for the Prevention of Disasters said.

A low amplitude tremor lasting 40 minutes early Tuesday morning was also felt, the agency said.

Officials placed the alert at Popocatepetl -- which means "Smoking Mountain" in the native Nahuatl language -- at Yellow Level 3. This means there is a probability of explosive activity of an intermediate to high scale, an eruption of lava and a spewing of ash.

A glow was visible inside the crater overnight, the agency said.

Popocatepetl is one of Mexico's highest peaks and last had a major eruption in 2000. It is located in a national park southeast of Mexico City and can be seen from there on a clear day.

Already, scientists have observed a continuous column of water vapor and moderate amounts of ash rising from the crater. Falling ash was reported in the city of Puebla, the capital of the state.

A seven-mile perimeter around the volcano has been cleared, and the Puebla state government asked residents to limit travel between cities near the volcano.

To guard against falling ash, residents should close doors and windows, cover water tanks and food and avoid outdoor activities, the government said.




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Re: Volcanic Activity recorded in Popocatepeti

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The Popocatepetl volcano outside of Mexico City has been spewing glowing rock fragments as far as 1km (0.6 miles) down its slopes.

Columns of ash have been shooting from more than 60 openings in the crust of the 5,450m (17,900-foot) volcano.

Residents of surrounding villages said they were awoken by a low-pitched roar coming from the mountain.

Popocatepetl's last major eruption was in 2000, when thousands of people had to flee their homes.

'Smoking mountain'

Local resident Aaron Sanchez Ocelotl said the eruptions sounded "like the roaring of the sea".

"Up on the mountain, it feels incredible," he said.

Gregorio Fuentes Casquera, the assistant mayor of the town of Xalitzintla, 12km (7 miles) from the summit, warned people to take the volcano's renewed activity seriously.

"This buzzing, this roaring isn't normal," he said, asking residents to be ready to evacuate.

On Tuesday, Mexico's National Disaster Prevention Centre (Cenapred) raised the alert around the volcano to "yellow stage three", the third-highest level.

Cenapred officials said the alert could remain for weeks or months until the volcano's activity diminished.

Popocatepetl, which means "Smoking Mountain" in the indigenous Nahuatl language, is Mexico's second-highest peak.


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