Saturday, November 25, 2017

New strong explosions at Popocatepetl, ash to 8.5 km (28 000 feet) a.s.l.

A new strong explosion occurred at Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano at about 04:52 UTC on Saturday, November 25, 2017 (22:52 local time, November 24). The event follows two strong explosions at 23:12 and 23:54 UTC on Friday and the strongest eruption at this volcano since 2013 at 20:13 UTC (14:13 local time) on Thursday.
Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) said the 04:52 UTC explosion ejected incandescent material that was deposited up to 1 km (0.62 miles) from the edge of the crater. The eruption produced a column of ash that exceeded a height of 2.5 km (8 200 feet) above the crater and drifted to the SSE. The volcanic alert level remains at Yellow.
The eruptive column reached a height of 8.5 km (28 000 feet) by 05:52 UTC, the Washingon VAAC said 06:40 UTC. "Imagery shows the new emission of volcanic ash is moving SSE at 18 - 28 km/h (11 - 17 mph)," the center said.
Ashfall was reported in the municipalities of Tianguismalanco, Atzizhuacan, and Huaquechula.
Webcams monitoring the volcano captured the following eruption at 23:12 UTC on Friday, November 24 (17:12 local time). The eruptive column reached a height of about 3 km (9 842 feet) above the crater / 8.5 km (28 000 feet) above sea level.

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