Mexican authorities on Sunday raised the warning level for the Popocatepetl volcano to one step below red alert

Can you imagine an evacuation of a city the size of Mexico City?

Popocatépetl is 70 km (43 mi) southeast of Mexico City, from where it can be seen regularly. It is cone shaped with a diameter of 16 mi at its base, with a peak elevation of 17,880 ft.

The volcano has been very active through the 21st century. Daily Mail

Smoke, ash and molten rock spewing into the sky pose risks to aviation and far-flung communities below.

The huge volcano that towers above Mexico City is considered one of the most dangerous in the world because some 25 million people live within a 60-mile radius.

Sunday’s increased alert level – to ‘yellow phase three’ – comes a day after two Mexico City airports temporarily halted operations due to falling ash, which also forced 11 villages to cancel school sessions.

The yellow warning means ‘remain alert and prepare for a possible evacuation,’ according to the warning system developed by Mexico’s National Disaster Prevention Center.

The yellow phase three activated Sunday means ‘intermediate to high activity’ and is triggered when the volcano shows ‘significant explosions of increasing intensity that shoot fragments (of rock) over considerable distances.’

The next step, a red alert, triggers mandatory evacuations, and dozens of shelters have already been opened in areas surrounding the crater as a precaution.

Ash spews from Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano, some 55 km from Mexico City, as seen from San Damian Texoloc in the Mexican central state of Tlaxcala, on July 9, 2013. During the weekend authorities have raised the alert level to “Yellow Phase Three,” the fifth of a seven-stage warning system, restricting access to an area of 12 km around the volcano while preparing evacuation routes and shelters. Photo credit: J.GUADALUPE PEREZ/AFP

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6 Responses to Mexican authorities on Sunday raised the warning level for the Popocatepetl volcano to one step below red alert

  1. Monroe says:

    An eruption will be devastating. Sadly, I’m thinking of how much financial aid we will end up sending to a corrupt government and how many ppl we will be required to house.

    The death toll would be staggering. So would the long term health consequences of those in the area. The US also imports a lot of produce from Mexico.

    This will also spin up all the climate change idiots.

    We can’t even have a disaster without the politics over shadowing the humanity.

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  2. auscitizenmom says:

    Hm. My first thought was, how many of the population of Mexico City will head North to our border? These will be real asylum seekers.

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  3. Sharon says:

    “…dozens of shelters have already been opened…”

    “…dozens of shelters” won’t have much impact if 25 million people are impacted….

    I agree with auscitizen’s observation–the flood northward will be a natural survival choice….with regard to both physical and economic survival.

    The economic part of that might be mostly in their perception, because I’m guessing the backlash both near the former border, and further into the southwest regaion, will be significant, and the increased overload won’t be received in a kindly manner, either by hispanics who have been there for a long time or by non-favored white Americans.

    This kind of escalating chaos will be welcomed by our domestic enemies.

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  4. Lucille says:

    How terrible! Hopefully Mexico has strategic planning running night and day as to where Mexico City citizens and other affected areas will be evacuated to. As you can see on the map, Mexico City is landlocked….

    …and ground transport will take some time to get to either coast away from immediate danger. The rich will take care of themselves, but the middle class and poor will have to fend for themselves with little to no resources.

    Pray God will cause a miracle and the volcano eruption will not be as drastic as predicted or that it will not happen at all.

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