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Popocatépetl Eruption Continues; Ash Plume Rises Higher

19.0N 98.6W

March 8th, 2013 Category: Volcanoes

Mexico – March 7th, 2013

Popocatépetl Volcano is located just 70 km (43 mi) southeast of Mexico City, Mexico. It is one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico, having had more than 15 major eruptions since the arrival of the Spanish in 1519. Volcanic activity increased again in February 2013, and ash emissions still continue (click here for previous images). A plume (visible in the upper left quadrant) rises to at about 27,000 ft (7 km) altitude (or approx. 1500 m above the crater) and drifts east. The seismic signal shows numerous volcanic quakes, but less tremor.

Plume of Ash and Steam from Popocatépetl Eruption, Mexico

19.0N 98.6W

March 8th, 2013 Category: Volcanoes

Mexico – March 7th, 2013

Popocatépetl Volcano, southeast of Mexico City (visible as a grey area by the left edge), Mexico, is currently erupting strongly. Here, a white plume of steam and ash fans out as winds carry it eastward. A new lava dome had been observed growing in the volcano’s crater until it was removed by an explosive eruption this morning. Seismograms indicate strong volcanic tremor generated by gas and magma movement (click here for previous images).

Steam and Ash from Popocatépetl Volcano Near Mexico City, Mexico – March 7th, 2013

March 7th, 2013 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Mexico – March 7th, 2013

A thick white pillar of steam and ash from Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano fans out as it blows east-northeastward. The volcano has been showing signs of activity since February 2013, and according to reports is now entering a new phase of increased activity. Accompanied by strong tremor, a continuous ash and steam emission column is rising to 23,000 ft (7 km) altitude and drifting in the wind.

Popocatépetl is an active volcano located in the states of Puebla, State of Mexico, and Morelos, in Central Mexico, and lies in the eastern half of the Trans-Mexican volcanic belt. At 5,426 m (17,802 ft) it is the second highest peak in Mexico, after the Pico de Orizaba at 5,636 m (18,491 ft).
It is linked to the Iztaccihuatl volcano to the north by the high saddle known as the Paso de Cortés.

Popocatepetl is 70 km (43 mi) southeast of Mexico City, from where it can be seen regularly, depending on atmospheric conditions. Until recently, the volcano was one of three tall peaks in Mexico to contain glaciers, the others being Iztaccihuatl and Pico de Orizaba. In the 1990s, the glaciers such as Glaciar Norte (North Glacier) greatly decreased in size, partly due to warmer temperatures but largely due to increased volcanic activity.

Mountain Ranges of Mexico – March 13th, 2011

17.9N 100.4W

March 13th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Mexico - February 17th, 2011

Mexico is crossed from north to south by two mountain ranges known as Sierra Madre Oriental (east) and Sierra Madre Occidental (west), which are the extension of the Rocky Mountains from northern North America.

From east to west at the center, the country is crossed by the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, also known as the Sierra Nevada. A fourth mountain range, the Sierra Madre del Sur, runs from Michoacán to Oaxaca.

As such, the majority of the Mexican central and northern territories are located at high altitudes, and the highest elevations are found at the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt: Pico de Orizaba (5,700 m, 18,701 ft), Popocatépetl (5,462 m, 17,920 ft) and Iztaccíhuatl (5,286 m, 17,343 ft) and the Nevado de Toluca (4,577 m, 15,016 ft).

Volcanoes and Mountain Peaks of Southern Mexico

19.0N 98.6W

February 11th, 2010 Category: Volcanoes

Mexico - January 26th, 2010

Mexico - January 26th, 2010

While the famous resort city of Acapulco is visible near the bottom of this image of Mexico, the snow-capped peaks of several volcanoes and mountains can be observed near the top. Towards the upper center is a line of three mountains: (from bottom to top) Popocatépetl, Iztaccíhuatl and Mount Tlaloc. East of these three is La Malinche mountain, and west of the three is Nevado de Toluca.

Popocatépetl is an active volcano and, at 5,426 m (17,800 ft), the second highest peak in Mexico after the Pico de Orizaba (5,636 m/18,490 ft). Popocatépetl is linked to the Iztaccíhuatl volcano to the north by the high saddle known as the Paso de Cortés, and lies in the eastern half of the Trans-Mexican volcanic belt.

Iztaccíhuatl is the third highest mountain in Mexico, after Popocatépetl. It has four peaks, the highest of which is 5,230 m (17,159 ft) above sea level. Together, the peaks are seen as depicting the head, chest, knees and feet of a sleeping female figure, which is visible from either the east or the west. Iztaccíhuatl is a mere 70 km (44 mi) to the southeast of Mexico City and is often visible from the capital, depending on atmospheric conditions.

Mount Tlaloc (Spanish: Cerro Tláloc or El Mirador, Nahuatl: Tlalocatepetl) is a mountain in central Mexico, located east of Mexico City. Its height is 13,615 ft. (4,151 metres).

La Malinche mountain, also known as Matlalcuéyetl, Matlalcueitl or Malintzin, is an inactive volcano (dormant for the last 3,100 years) located in Tlaxcala and Puebla states, in Mexico. Officially, its summit reaches 4,461 meters (14646 ft) above sea level, though in some articles it is considered to be 4,503 m (as measured by GPS). Its height makes it the sixth highest peak in Mexico.

Nevado de Toluca is a large stratovolcano in central Mexico, located about 80 kilometres (50 mi) west of Mexico City near the city of Toluca. It is generally cited as the fourth highest of Mexico’s peaks, after Iztaccíhuatl, although by some measurements, Sierra Negra is slightly higher. It is often called by the Nahuatl name Xinantécatl.