3 strong eruptions rattle Popocatepetl volcano – Crater closed due to danger of flying ballistic fragments.

The Popocatépetl volcano is currently in an highly active eruptive phase with at least 3 explosions each days during last week.

On October 5, 2017, the volcano erupted 3 times with a powerful explosion at 2:26 am. Although the alert level hasn’t been raised by Cenapred, officials exhort NOT TO COME TO the volcano and especially around the crater due to highly dangerous ejected ballistic fragments.

In parallel to the 3 explosions at 2:26am, 3:26am and 3:27am, 11 low-intensity exhalations were also recorded in the last 24 hours. Moreover, volcanotectonic earthquakes were monitored at 5:14pm (M2.2) and 5:15pm (M2.0).

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Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico erupts 3 times on October 5, 2017. via WebCamdeMexico
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The explosion sent a plume of ash and gas several thousand meters over the crater. via WebCamdeMexico

Ashfalls were reported in the towns of Totolapan, Tlalnepantla and Cuernavaca in the state of Morelos and in Ecatzingo, Atlautla and Tepetlixpa of the state of Mexico.

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Chart showing the current volcanic unrest of Popocatepetl volcano. via Cenapred
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Ashfall was reported in several cities around the Popocatepetl volcano. via WebCamdeMexico

The afternoon heavy rains triggered lahars in some of the ravines of the western flank of the Popocatepetl volcano, but didn’t cause any damage.

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