February 17, 11:00 h (February 17, 17:00 GMT)
In the last 24 hours, through the Popocatepetl volcano monitoring systems, 243 exhalations were identified, accompanied by steam, gas and ash. In addition were recorder 11 explosions, the most important are those that occurred today at 04:38, 04:57, 07:19, 08:21 and 09:56 h,
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In all cases, the height of the column is maintained between 1.5 and 2 km, it is dispersed in the north-northeast direction.
In addition, from 16:00 h an episode of harmonic tremor accompanied by the emission of water vapor and other gases that disperse in the northeast direction began, the height of the column was at least 1.5 km (vídeo 1). As of about 6:30 p.m., in addition to the constant emission of gases, incandescent fragments fall on the flanks of the volcano at close range, approximately 400 m. The height of the column at least 2 km that was dispersed in the north-northeast direction. This episode concluded at 22:00 h (vídeo 2).
In addition, during this early morning an episode of harmonic tremor of medium amplitude will be published, it started at 02:00 h and persists until now, so that in total it has stabilized 700 minutes, it is also accompanied by the constant emission of steam The height of the column has been maintained between 1 and 1.5 km (image 5).
CENAPRED emphasizes that people SHOULD NOT go near the volcano, especially near the crater, due to the hazard caused by ballistic fragments (image 6) and in case of heavy rains leave the bottoms of ravines by the danger of landslides and debris flows.
The Volcanic Traffic Light Yellow Phase 2.
The scenarios foreseen for this phase are:
1. Explosive activity of low to intermediate level.
2. Ash fall in nearby towns.
3. Possibility of short range pyroclastic flows and mudflows .
Special emphasis is placed on the following recommendations:
1. Continue the safety radius of 12 km, so staying in that area is not allowed.
2. Keep the controlled traffic between Santiago Xalitzintla and San Pedro Nexapa through Paso de Cortés.
3. Civil Protection authorities, keep your preventive procedures, in accordance with their operational plans.
4. People, be alert to the official information disseminated.
In case of ashfall, address the following recommendations:
• Cover nose and mouth with a handkerchief or face mask.
• Clean eyes and throat with pure water.
• Avoid contact lenses to reduce eye irritation.
• Close windows or cover them up, and stay indoors as much as possible.
Popocatepetl Volcano monitoring is performed continuously 24 hours a day. Any change in activity will be reported in due course.