| May 03 10:30 h (May 03 15:30 GMT)
In the last 24 hours the seismic records of the surveillance system at Popocatépetl volcano, registered 129 low-intensity exhalations, which produced small emissions of steam and gas. Furthermore six explosions were recorded, tha main of them was registered yesterday at 13:35 h (local time) (image 1) it generated a column of ash up to 1.5 km height that was dispersed to the east by prevailing wind.
On the other hand five minutes of low-amplitud harmonic tremor were recorded.
Along some lapses of the night was observed slight glow, increasing at the moment of main exhalations (image 2).
From yesterday afternoon and until the time of the present report the volcano has been observed with a faint but non-stop emission of steam and gas that winds dispersed to the east (image 3).
CENAPRED emphasizes that people SHOULD NOT go near the volcano, especially near the crater, due to the hazard caused by ballistic fragments (image 4).
This type of activity is included within the scenarios 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 wet 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.