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Check Out The Image Of Mexico’s Volcano Popocatépetl Erupting 14 Times In One Night

Popocatépetl is one of México’s most active volcanoes and is closely monitored by scientists. Known as “El Popo” by nearby residents, volcanic activity has become a part of everyday life for them. While everyone was sleeping Wednesday night, El Popo erupted 14 times in the span of six hours. Residents woke up to see El Popo spewing ash and steam well over one mile high into the sky. Since then, the explosions haven’t stopped. Another explosion occurred Thursday, followed by three minor explosions on Friday. An even larger explosion woke nearby residents at 6:45 a.m. Saturday morning.

Two of Wednesday’s explosions blasted incandescent, glowing fragments along the slope of the volcano, an occurrence last recorded at El Popo five years ago.

Typically, the “exhalations” are made of just steam, gas and ash.

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The wind predicts which of the surrounding cities will be covered in ash after an exhalation. That said, most residents are as ambivalent about ash raining down on them as they are water. The government is taking advice from scientists and advising residents to avoid going outside and to cover their nose and mouth when they do venture outdoors. Usually, ash and small earthquakes are to “El Popo”-adjacent Mexicanos like tropical storms are to the Cubanos of Miami.

Wednesday night, sightings of molten, incandescent lava spewing down the steep mountain slopes were anxiously recorded.

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Even though El Popo is the second largest volcano in the world, it’s not very common to observe the same kind of molten lava explosions we practiced for our second-grade science projects. In fact, Popocatépetl comes from the Nahuatl words popōca (“it smokes”) and tepētl (“mountain”). Popocatépetl mostly spews “smoke,” or rather, a mix of gas, steam, and ash. Molten lava is a rare sight and a signifier for the intensity of the activity. Once lava is observed, the crater can become unstable and cause nearby destruction.

The strong communities surrounding El Popo make it one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world.

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The volcano towers at 17,802 ft tall, the second highest peak in México. It was formed about 50,000 years ago. Throughout its long history, it’s had major eruptions, including one 23,000 years ago that created an avalanche so strong, it stopped 43 miles from the summit. That said, in recorded history, El Popo only had one eruption in over 60 years until 1994. Since then, El Popo has become the most active volcano in México.

Setting down roots near El Popo means accepting seismic activity as a daily part of life. The nearby towns have experienced well over 7 hours of 2.4 magnitude earthquake activity in the last four days alone.

Some evacuations have been ordered for low-lying residents.

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México’s Center for Prevention of Disasters (CENAPRED) “emphasizes that people SHOULD NOT go near the volcano, especially near the crater, due to the hazard caused by ballistic fragments.” The center also warned that residents should evacuate low-lying ravine washes in the case of heavy rains because of the danger of landslides and debris flows.

Currently, the center’s “Volcanic Traffic Light” is set to “Yellow, Phase 2,” of three, which warns that residents should pay attention and prepare for a possible evacuation.

But residents don’t seem worried at all.

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“What I see when I arrive at work,” tweets one resident. The volcanic activity registers as a great photo op for a casual Wednesday morning at work. El Popo is just 43 miles southeast of México City, straddling Puebla, Morelos and the State of México in central México. The last major evacuation was in December 2000, when the government evacuated tens of thousands of residents just before Popocatépetl’s largest explosion in 1,200 years.

“La sismcidad habitual de nuestro país y la actividad del #Popocatépetl , no tienen relación directa entre sí,” tweeted one @almaxx5017. Making a jibe at her country’s either political or cultural news cycles, “Al Maxx” is saying that the “seismic-ness” of México and that of El Popo “have no direct correlation.”

Jaded residents are squashing any form of excitement from the volcanic naiveté.

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After someone shared a video to point out the lightning emanating from the falling ash, Antonio decided to give everyone a physics lesson. In Spanish, Antonio said, “Lightning is not a rare thing in volcanic eruptions, due to the enormous amount of crystals and microcrystals, which are present in the ash and thrown rocks, which, when colliding with each other, generate electrical charges.”

Yeah. It’s the microcrystals. Duh.

Some are not buying that explanation and think UFOs are far more likely.

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Don’t be alarmed, you guys. It’s just an exploding volcano and UFOs.

READ: [PHOTOS] A Volcano Eruption In Mexico Ws Captured On Social Media By Tourist Aboard A Flight

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Mexico’s Popocatépetl Volcano Erupted And Now People Think The World Is Coming To An End

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Mexico’s Popocatépetl Volcano Erupted And Now People Think The World Is Coming To An End

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Three weeks into the New Year, and it feels like the end of times. Need proof? Australia is on fire, Puerto Rico won’t stop shaking, there’s flash flooding going on in various parts of the world, including here in the U.S., there are tornadoes in the southit’s snowing in Texas — and that’s just listing natural disasters. We haven’t gotten into the conflict with Iran that President Donald Trump started or the Ukrainian plane that was shot down during a missile strike. Now Mexico is dealing with another issue, and it has nothing to do with immigration. 

On Jan. 7, Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano, which is located  40 miles southeast of Mexico City, erupted. Thankfully no one was hurt.

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The stunning images of Popocatépetl were impressive, to say the least, but people in the surrounding cities of Puebla and Mexico were warned to proceed with caution as the volcano is still active. Officials told people to remain cautious and keep their windows closed as ash continues to infiltrate the air. When the volcano erupted on Jan. 7 at around 6:30 a.m. local time, the mountain ejected ash and rock 20,000 feet into the sky. News outlets report that lava could also be seen from Popocatépetl. 

The name of the volcano — Popocatépetl — is an indigenous word that translates to “it smokes.” Locals call it El Popo. Since the Spanish acquisition, Popocatépetl has erupted at least 15 times, including last year.

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People in the surrounding areas were given a Yellow Alert advisory, which alerts them that “Volcano is exhibiting signs of elevated unrest above known background activity.” That alert is a bit vague. However, it is one of the least frightening volcano alerts. If they had been given an Orange Alert, which is a level above Yellow, then it would have certainly caused a bit more worry in the area. An Orange alert means, “Volcano is exhibiting heightened, or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption, timeframe uncertain OR an eruption is underway that poses limited hazards including no or minor volcanic-ash emissions.” Everything after that level would basically mean, run for your life. 

Last month in New Zealand, the eruption of the Whakaari on White Island resulted in 19 deaths.

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At the time of the eruption, only 47 people were on the small island, and many of them were tourists. Aside from the 19 casualties, 25 people were injured. 

Paramedic Russell Clark told CBS News that everything in sight was covered in ash. “I can only imagine what it was like for the people that were there at the time — they had nowhere to go and an absolutely terrible experience for them,” Clark said.

The Popocatépetl volcano isn’t the only active volcano currently.

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Volcano Discovery reports that there are several active volcanos right now all over the world from Latin America to Japan. Clive Oppenheimer, professor of volcanology at the University of Cambridge, told the Telegraph in an interview that all of these eruptions are actually quite normal, and people should not be freaked out.  

“There have been quite a few eruptions in the news lately, so people question whether there’s an increase in rates of volcanism that we’re seeing just now, and this isn’t really the case,” Oppenheimer said. “Eruptions are happening all the time; some make the news headlines, and others don’t. He added, “If we look at the statistics back in time, the main thing we see is a reporting bias. There are not many eruptions during World War Two, for example, when people had other things to really worry about. So, of course, things will flare up in one place or another place, and then it will be very much how those eruptions affect people and whereabouts in the world [as to] whether that then becomes newsworthy.”

These eruptions may be typical, but with all the chaos going on in the world, people are still freaking out that it’s the end of the world.

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How much more can we expect?

It’s all too much and it’s not a coincidence.

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There’s no way to prepare for a natural disaster.

Let’s just pretend everything is okay.

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Denial never killed anyone. Right?

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[PHOTOS] A Volcano Eruption In Mexico Ws Captured On Social Media By Tourist Aboard A Flight

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[PHOTOS] A Volcano Eruption In Mexico Ws Captured On Social Media By Tourist Aboard A Flight

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Nature is straight up majestic. When we get an up-close view of that majesty, it’s both humbling and invigorating. We’re now getting one such view thanks to some stellar amateur video footage. On July 14, 2019, jet passengers got firsthand experience with the raw power of Mother Earth during their trip over Puebla, Mexico.

In the early morning hours, the Popocatépetl volcano erupted, spewing ash and smoke upward for thousands of miles.

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During the previous weeks, activity seemed to pick up around the volcano. When Popocatépetl finally blew its top, the ash and smoke reached up to 32,000 ft (10 km) into the sky. The main explosion was also accompanied by three smaller explosions that rocked the area.

True to its title, Popocatépetl is an Aztec name meaning “smoking mountain.” The volcano is almost 5,500 meters high, making it North America’s second tallest volcano. Popocatépetl is one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico. It’s also one of three peaks in the region that contain glaciers.

Called Don Goyo or El Popo by the natives, the volcano’s ash-covered land all across Puebla.

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In fact, it was fortunate that the eruption was caught on video by the passing jet. The ground webcams set up by geologist were all blocked by smoke and clouds. There is currently a volcanic ash advisory for the area.

Officials warn locals away from the area but that hasn’t stopped amazing photos of the volcano from being spread online.

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This mountain climber shared awe-inspiring images of Popocatépetl’s eruption during her climb. We can only imagine how awesome that view was in person.

Some shared photographs of the volcano’s far-reaching impression.

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This Twitter user posted images of Popocatépetl’s eruption from all the way in Mexico City. While the peak is often visible from the city, it’s never this impressive. This is an example of just how massive of a plume the volcano produced when it erupted.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Twitter without some jokes and everyone seemed to have the same one.

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In the recent “Godzilla” movie, the daikaiju monster Rodan erupts from the earth. To be more precise, it erupts from this very same volcano. Twitter users found it more than a little coincidental that the real Popocatépetl has now erupted so soon after the movie’s Rodan made its escape.

We’ll be on the lookout for anymore daikaiju. In the meantime, try to avoid King Ghidorah at all costs.

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