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February 20, 11:00 h (February 20, 17:00 GMT)

In the last 24 hours, through the Popocatepetl volcano monitoring systems registered 11 long period seismic events with light emission of steam and gas (video 1) and two explosions at 02:10h and 04:07h (image 1), (image 2).

Additionally, it was registered a volcanotectonic earthquake, yesterday at 21:02h, with magnitude 1.9. Also were detected 1424 minutes of low and medium amplitude tremor.

At the time of this report, the record of tremor of low amplitude persists and the emission of gases is continuous, towards north northeast(image 3), (image 4), (image 5), (image 6).

Past 18th and 19th of february with the support of the Federal Police, an over flight was made in the vicinity of the Popocatépetl volcano, in order to evaluate the activity and make a measurement of gases. It was confirmed in the internal crater a dome #82 with 200m of diameter (video 2) (image 7) (image 8) (image 9).

The recommendations for the population for this activity are:

Do not pay attention to rumors and be attentive to the information issued by the National Coordination of Civil Protection through its channels and official accounts www.gob.mx/cenapred y @CNPC_MX

The monitoring of the Popocatépetl volcano is continuously 24 hours a day. This type of activity is contemplated within the Yellow Volcanic Warning Light Phase 2. Any change will be reported as soon as possible.

CENAPRED emphasizes that people SHOULD NOT go near the volcano, especially near the crater, due to the hazard caused by ballistic fragments (image 10) 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.

GCP


 
 
 

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