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Popocatépetl Eruption Continues; Ash Plume Rises Higher

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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

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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.

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