Amazing Popocatepetl video

Just now, CENAPRED shared an amazing video of some 4:30 a.m. (local time) activity at Popocatepetl Volcano this morning (see menu for a link to my live blogging of this longstanding intense phase of Popo’s 25-year eruption, or click here).

Way to greet Christmas morning, Don Goyo!

That looks as though fountaining — not unknown, but rare during this activity — might be mixed in with some of this volcano’s more typical explosions. Right now, anyway, the experts are calling it an explosion.

There’s ashfall in nearby communities, of course. Civil Protection Puebla is tweeting about it and including information not only about basic self-protection measures but also reminding everybody not to forget their pets (“mascotas”) when volcanic ash is coming down.

If you’re like me, you just decided to call your pet a mascot from now on! (Don’t expect much cheerleading and team support from cats, though.)

Of note, Webcams De Mexico has added some new live streams of Popo in honor of the recent completion of Year 25 in this eruption. You don’t have to speak Spanish to enjoy them — just click “Webcams” at that link and then scroll down to “Popocatepetl” and make your choice.

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