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Mexico raises Popocatepetl volcano alert

 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:03 pm    Post subject: Mexico raises Popocatepetl volcano alert Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17750891#
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:27 pm    Post subject: Popocatepetl Reply with quote

A much more informative website. Too bad the webcam isn't in operation at the moment. http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/popocatepetl/news.html

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can view pictures from the past week here.

http://www.cenapred.unam.mx/cgi-bin/popo/album/ult16.cgi
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would have serious apprehensions about living near a volcano. Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DebMer wrote:
I would have serious apprehensions about living near a volcano. Shocked


You obviously have never been close to Popo nor have you seen the people that live close to him. Most of them could not afford to move even if they wanted too. There are a lot of very poor people living close to the mightly Popo.

One time we were driving close to him and there were huge rocks across the road. We stopped and some kids came up to the car and said for a "fee" they would move the rocks and let us pass. We paid them and they moved the rocks and let us pass.

Those people have to do whatever they can for money.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DebMer wrote:
I would have serious apprehensions about living near a volcano. Shocked


It's about 65km from Mexico City, so no serious danger to us here.

A month after I first arrived in Mexico, Popo blew off in the biggest eruption it had had in 1200 years...a fine introduction to Mexico for me! We could see the ash cloud and from my rooftop at night you could see a red glow off in the distance. Very cool from just the right distance.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EFLeducator wrote:
DebMer wrote:
I would have serious apprehensions about living near a volcano. Shocked


You obviously have never been close to Popo nor have you seen the people that live close to him. Most of them could not afford to move even if they wanted too. There are a lot of very poor people living close to the mightly Popo.
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I've climbed up the Popo. Well, not to the top. Just to the point where I couldn't breathe anymore.

Poor people do manage to move sometimes. Look at all of those living on the outskirts of D.F. who came from distant impoverished zones.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guy Courchesne wrote:
DebMer wrote:
I would have serious apprehensions about living near a volcano. Shocked


It's about 65km from Mexico City, so no serious danger to us here.

A month after I first arrived in Mexico, Popo blew off in the biggest eruption it had had in 1200 years...a fine introduction to Mexico for me! We could see the ash cloud and from my rooftop at night you could see a red glow off in the distance. Very cool from just the right distance.


I wasn't thinking of near like D.F., but near like those in the immediate alrededores.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Authorities ask that people stay at least 7 miles away after some new activity.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/photos-mexico-popocatepetl-volcano-spews-ash-authorites-raise-warning-level-article-1.1063903

No evacuations. The link above has some spectacular photos from the Puebla side of the mountain.

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I wasn't thinking of near like D.F., but near like those in the immediate alrededores.


At the time 12 years ago for me, I had no idea what was too close or what was safe...I was just awed at the sight.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guy Courchesne wrote:
...At the time 12 years ago for me, I had no idea what was too close or what was safe...I was just awed at the sight.

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The volcano, which has been active since 1994, had experienced its largest known eruption in 2000, when it spewed a 2.5 mile-high column of ash and smoke, forcing thousands to evacuate.

Apparently, you witnessed a rather spectacular moment
Cool

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