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Mexico raises volcano alert level: volcano spouts large column of ash and steam

Discussion in 'Science, Technology, & Natural Disasters' started by Littlejoe, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. Littlejoe

    Littlejoe Well-Known Member

    Mexico has raised the alert level for the Popocatepetl volcano due to increasing activity. It's now at the fifth step on a seven-level warning scale.
    A lava dome is growing in the volcano's crater, the National Disaster Prevention Center said on Tuesday. The 17,886-foot volcano also has been spewing fragments of incandescent rock recently, as well as water vapour and ash.

    The volcano could experience "significant explosions of growing intensity that hurl incandescent rocks significant distances," large ash showers and possible flows of mud and molten rocks down the volcano's flanks, the centre said.


  2. froggy

    froggy Well-Known Member

    The scientists wooden way of saying "Get the heck out of there before you're roasted alive." Sounds like the disclaimer you hear after an advert for toenail fungus medicine----"May cause heart palpitations, liver failure, kidney failure, immediate blindness, gastric distension, and bleeding out the ears. Ask your doctor if you have ever taken a breath in your life-- as complications may occur." But, by golly, you're gonna have the purdiest big toe on your block if you take this stuff!

    By the way, incandescent rocks sound kind of neat!

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