Alert level raised for Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano

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Mexican authorities raised the alert level for “Popo,” as it is nicknamed, after the mountain started spewing red-hot rock fragments into the sky and propelled a vapor cloud a mile into the air.

Located some 50 miles southeast of Mexico City, the lava dome on the 17,900 foot (5,450 m) volcano began expanding on Friday, said Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention.

Worried that this could provoke big explosions capable of sending incandescent fragments out over considerable distances, as well as ash showers, the center raised the alert level to yellow phase three, the third-highest warning on the center’s seven-step scale.

Popo’s latest fuming comes amid a series of earthquakes striking southern and central Mexico in the past three weeks.

Events like Sunday’s serve to prevent more dangerous pressure from building inside the volcano, scientists say.


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Thanks to Robert Stom and Laurel for these links

13 thoughts on “Alert level raised for Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano”

    1. Excerpt from the text:
      “… The 3,283-meter (10,771-foot) Shiveluch volcano increased activity in May 2009 and has been periodically spewing ash from three to ten kilometers. A powerful eruption of ashes took place 05.59 a.m. local time [17:59 GMT on Monday] … the column of ashes could be clearly seen from a distance of 40 kilometers spreading to the east.
      “It is the most powerful eruption this year,” the expert said…”
      “Since 2009” coincides with the beginning of the low cycle C24. The “greatest eruption of this year” comes 6 days after the very large EQs in Sumatra, again confirming IMO the connection with the lower radiation from the Sun. @Alex Meyer Thanks for the link.

  1. havent you noticed in the last 3 weeks how many 6 to 8+ earthquakes there have been all over the world? Robert can you get a running tally of those and active volcanoes for the last 3 or 4 weeks. To see how it coinsides with the low sunspot activity and the weakening earth mag field…
    Also in your books and other study i have done, here in Fla during the last ice age not only were our temp a little lower but we were alot drier.. well the last few months we have had VERY LITTLE rain and for central fla that is NOT normal , we are so below normal in rain many of our shallow lakes are drying up.


    Be safe! Be prepared! Be ever vigilant!

    Between natural disasters , rising fuel prices, food prices, inflation, crime, soon to be food shortages ( due to colder than normal weather , and transportation problems ) then the fuel and food riots… time is almost up to get even your basic supplies ready and a plan of action. Equally as important is finding other like minded people you trust as close as possible to you. There is strength and safety in numbers.

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    Prepare food, water, clothing (especially for growing children/grandchildren) & shoes, fuel, essential drugs & medicines/vitamins, toiletries, medical supplies, guns, ammunition (when you run out, your guns are useless, and if you don’t have enough, you can’t keep your skills honed, so buy plenty), specie (gold & silver), and other essentials. If you have the resources, acquire enough for friends, relatives, neighbors, and other peers.

    Get your house in order, if it isn’t already. Prepare temporally and spiritually.

    1. According to, the little link on the top left of this blog with the SUNSPOTS count, on Apr 11, the day of the two large M8+ in Sumatra, the count was “spotless”, ssn=0.
      It’s quite remarkable and, yes, IMO the correlation of present low/very low cycle with increased seismicity is totally confirmed. It has increased systematically in the M7+ range since 2009 and, if you consider the entire XXI century, in the last 8 years we had 12 M8+ and 2 M9+, when the average per decade is around 8-9 M8+, therefore an increase of 50%. The 2 M9+ could be considered a “coincidence” because the 4 that happened in the XX century happened also close together in only 12 years, between 1952 and 1964, when the solar cycle was very intense.
      I believe there is a connection also with the magnetic field of Earth and the Sun and there is a good chance that a large volcanic eruption will happen soon, on the level of M. Pinatubo or more. Probably in the SW Pacific region.

  2. I am starting to wonder. If the fact that our solar system moving towards the galactic center and black hole is having a effect on the planet. Earthquakes are way up and volcanic activity is on the rise. May be 2012 has something to do with all of this.

    1. It may have more to do with vectored tidal forces coming from within the solar system, itself. It would correspond to where some of the “gas giants” are in their orbits in relation to the Earth and Sun. These orbital patterns may dampen the Sun’s internal dynamo by influencing its angular momentum.

  3. I believe Indonesia and Iceland have the highest probability of the next large eruption.


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