| February 24, 11:00 h (February 24, 17:00 GMT)
In the last 24 hours the seismic records of the surveillance system at Popocatépetl volcano registered 126 low-intensity exhalations along with steam and gas emissions (image 1). A volcanotectonic event occurred today at 07:11 h with preliminary magnitude 1.3. Also, a moderate ash emission was obseerved today at 10:48 h, with 900 m heigth above the crater, reaching more than 1 km when it was displaced towards east-southeast (image 2).
During the night incandescence was observed on the crater (image 3).
At the time of this report the volcano is clearly seen with a continuous emission of steam and gas to southeast (image 4).
CENAPRED emphasizes that people SHOULD NOT go near the volcano, especially near the crater, due to the hazard caused by ballistic fragments (image 5).
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.