Overall Green alert Volcanic eruption for Popocatepetl
in Mexico

Event summary

GREEN alert: The Popocatepetl Volcanic eruption is unlikely to require external humanitarian assistance based on the exposed population and coping capacity.

GDACS ID VO 1000087
Name: Popocatepetl
Lat/Lon: 19.023 , -98.622
Event Date: 28 Feb 2024 UTC
Exposed Population 30km: About 720000 people within 30km
Exposed Population 100km: About 26800000 people within 100km
Max Volc. Explosivity Index VEI: 5
Population Exposure Index PEI: 5
Inserted at: 28 Feb 2024 06:23 UTC


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Mexico - Volcanic eruption (ECHO 28 Feb 2024)Wed, 28 Feb 2024 11:30

  • Popocatépetl volcano, located in the States of Puebla, Morelos, and Mexico, central Mexico erupted on 27 February and the ash plume reached up to 2,000 m above the crater. 
  • According to Mexico's National Center for Prevention of Disasters (CENAPRED), a tiny ash fall has been reported across several Municipalities in the States of Morelos, Tlaxcala, Mexico City, and Mexico. In addition, media report the cancellation of more than 20 domestic and international flights.
  • The authorities raised the alert level to phase 2, and recommended to respect the exclusion radius of 12 km around the crater, being within this area is not safe.
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Updates on volcanic activity (Smithsonian)

The Smithsonian/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report provides information about global volcanism on a weekly basis. Latest Popocatepetl report has been published on 17 Jan 2024 10:08.
CENAPRED reported that eruptive activity continued at Popocat?petl during 9-16 January. Long-period events totaling 6-64 per day were accompanied by steam-and-gas plumes that occasionally contained minor amounts of ash. The plumes mainly drifted ENE and NE. The seismic network recorded 14.5-23 daily hours of tremor, including both low- and high-frequency events. Minor amounts of ash fell in Nealtican (21 km E) during 11-12 January. Ashfall was also reported in Nativitas (40 km NE), Tetlatlahuaca (42 km NE), Zacatelco (45 km NE), Xicohtinco (45 km NE), Ayometla (46 km ENE), Papalotla (62 km NNW), Tenancingo, San Pablo del Monte (49 km E), Mazatecochco (50 km ENE), Tlaxcala (50 km NW), and Tepeyanco (47 km NW) in the state of Tlaxcala on 15 January and in Nealtican, Juan C. Bonilla (32 km ENE), and Tlaltenango in the state of Puebla on 16 January. The Alert Level remained at Yellow, Phase Two (the middle level on a three-color scale) and the public was warned to stay 12 km away from the crater. Source: Centro Nacional de Prevencion de Desastres (CENAPRED)
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Latest media headlines

Articles: 15 | About casualties: 0 | Last hour: 0

Messico, continua l’eruzione del Popocatépetl2024-03-02T15:45+0100.

Il vulcano messicano Popocatépetl sta continuando a emettere fumo e cenere nella giornata di oggi. La cenere proveniente dal vulcano ha interrotto i voli dal più grande aeroporto di Città del Messico all’inizio di questa settimana e ha caus
Messico, continua l'eruzione del Popocatépetl2024-03-02T15:43+0100.

(LaPresse) Il vulcano messicano Popocatépetl sta continuando a emettere fumo e cenere nella giornata di oggi. La cenere proveniente dal vulcano ha interrotto i voli dal più grande aeroporto di Città del Messico all'inizio di questa settiman
Popocatépetl Volcano: Yellow Alert Raised to Phase 3; this is what it ... 2024-03-01T22:15+0100.

Written in SCIENCE he 5/21/2023 11:39 a.m. The National Civil Protection Coordination has just announced on its social platforms that after reviewing the provisions of the Volcanic Alert Traffic Light in its various phases, the Scientific A
Uno de los gigantes volcánicos de México entra en erupción2024-03-01T08:40+0100.

El pasado martes, en el volcán Popocatépetl, ubicado a menos de 100 kilómetros de Ciudad de México, se ha observado un aumento de la actividad volcánica . Se han registrado 13 columnas de humo, formadas por vapor de agua, cenizas y gases vo

Estimated casualties (PAGER)

USGS estimates the number of casualties for each earthquake for the Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) product.
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Exposed population

Data, images, links, services and documents

For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: EC-JRC (32), (2), INGV (2), DesInventar (1), WMO (1), INFORM (2),