Popocatépetl update, July 6, 2013

There isn’t a lot of time tonight, but I did want to mention that CENAPRED raised the alert to Yellow, Phase 3 this afternoon.

Here are today’s bulletins, in English.

July 06 15:00 h (July 05, 20:00 GMT)

Because of the increased activity of the Popocatepetl volcano, the National Coordination of Civil Protection (CNPC) of the Ministry of Interior (SEGOB), the National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) and Scientific Advisory Committee determined in agreement, to raise the volcanic alert level from yellow phase 2 to yellow phase 3.

The Volcanic Alert Level is at Yellow, Phase 3.

Boletin 177 SEGOB

July 06 11:00 h (July 05, 16:00 GMT)

In the last 24 hours monitoring system Popocatepetl volcano has registered 20 hours and low to high frecuency tremor, accompanied by a persistent emission of a column of gas and ash that reached 3 kilometer height, northwest direction. Aditionally the monitoring system has registered 4 hours of high intensity harmonic tremor. There were also 3 explosive events of moderate magnitude, the most important of which was presented this morning at 00:33 h. Due to weather conditions due to the weather it was not possible to observe the volcano during these events. However, in the early hours of the morning the continuous emission of gases and ash that reached more than 2 miles high and heading northwest was observed. (see image 1).

On the 5th, they did an overflight, which is pretty awesome, considering the increase in activity. Here is an infrared video from that, h/t to geologist Sergio Almazán.

Note that this looks like the end of the world, but it isn’t – the summit of any erupting volcano is very hot and is going to look like that. They are tightly focused in on the activity – it is a pretty awesome video!

More tomorrow morning, when there is more time.

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