Popocatepetl is Putting on a Show

If we once realize all this earth as it is, we should find ourselves in a land of miracles: we shall discover a new planet at the moment that we discover our own.
— G. K. Chesterton, in “In Defence of Planets”

Starting on the afternoon of the 20th, this volcano–around which some 25 million people live, most of them in Mexico City and Puebla State–began showing strong tremor. Then activity picked up, but not to catastrophic levels, fortunately.

Popo has been erupting now for 24 years and I’ve been live-blogging it here since a little earlier this year. (You can also click on the “Popocatepetl” tab at the top of this page.)

Tonight, because of the bright moonlight, I suppose, they switched the webcam to natural color and I grabbed the screenshot above.

Science and art are just two sides of the same planet.

These videos are challenging to embed, but here it is; let’s give it a try.

Update, November 21, 2018, 1:05 p.m., Pacific: To complete the customary planetary daily circle, just wanted to include this time-lapse video shared by CENAPRED in this morning’s update (you can find these here, in English).

Goood morning, Popocatepetl!:

Featured image: Webcams de Mexico


About BJ Deming

After getting an associate's degree in forestry, I studied geology as an undergraduate back in the 1980s but went into medical transcription instead. It just worked out better for me. The Internet renewed my interest in geoscience as a hobby, and when I retired in 2014, I decided to write a book about cat evolution. That started a new career for me (enormous fun but not self-supporting yet). Right now, besides blogging I am finishing up the first two books in a self-published ebook series about the cat family and its history. Thanks for your interest!

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