Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano is getting active again

      It appears Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano is getting active again. This weekend the volcano began to spew ash and gas. This prompted officials to restrict access of the immediate region surrounding the volcano. Popocatepetl volcano, located in Mexico, is considered an active, and often referred to as a “violent” volcano. On Saturday reports emerged the volcano began to spew a dense cloud of ash over central Mexico. CNN reported Popocatepetl shot out an emission of ash and water vapor into the air that was about 1,300 feet (400 meters). The ash fell on the towns of San Nicolas de los Ranchos, Huejotzingo and parts of Puebla. Throughout Saturday the emissions reportedly grew stronger and this prompted the Mexican government to restrict access within 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) of Popocatepetl. “This activity was preceded by 12 low intensity exhalations which were followed by small emissions of water vapor and gas. Also, at 19:31 h a volcanotectonic microseism was registered, with a preliminary magnitude of 1.9.,” said government officials in an April 13 report. Based on the increased activity, the Volcanic Alert Level is currently at Yellow Phase 2. In April of last year, “El Popo”, as the volcano is affectionately called by locals, showed significant signs of reawakening and the alert levels were raised to Yellow Phase 3, the third-highest warning. However, Popocatepetl did not see a full eruption, although for a time just about a year ago, many people on alert for possible evacuation. Is this week’s increased activity an indicator “El Popo” will explode? Experts are carefully monitoring Popocatepetl 24 hours a day, according to reports.

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