Mexico’s Popocatépetl continued its explosive uptick in style today, June 03, by firing an ash column to approximately 37,000 feet (11.3 km) a.s.l.

This is the volcano’s largest eruption in years.

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Popocatepetl volcano erupts strongly on June 3, 2019. One of the strongest eruptions in years with an ash plume reaching 37,000 feet (11.3 km). By Cenapred

The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington has reported a “large ash emission to FL370”.

Plumes of ash and gas that reach altitudes above 32,800 feet (10km) or FL328 have a direct cooling effect on the planet.

Within the last 24 hours, the Popocatepetl volcano registered 37 exhalations accompanied by steam and gas.

Additionally there were two explosions at 09:19 and at 09:47 today and 194 minutes of tremor.

Due to bad weather conditions, it is not possible to observe the crater. In case of exhalations the wind will disperse to the southwest.

CENAPRED emphasizes that people SHOULD NOT go near the volcano, especially near the crater, due to the hazard caused by ballistic fragments. In case of heavy rains leave the bottoms of ravines because of the danger of landslides and debris flows. 

Popocatépetl, whose name means Smoking Mountain in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, sprang back to life in 1994 (solar minimum of cycle 22) after half a century of quiescence.

The Popocatepetl volcano activity has been increasing over the last few weeks. Large eruptions like today could happen anytime. Be ready!

[Cenapred, Sin Embargo]

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