I have written about Popocatepetl, an active volcano on a previous post here.
“Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl” the volcanoes Popocatépetl (“the Smoking Mountain” on the right) and Iztaccíhuatl (“white woman” in Nahuatl, sometimes called the Mujer Dormida “sleeping woman” in Spanish, on the left) which overlook the Valley of Mexico. The princess Iztaccíhuatl and the warrior Popocatépetl.
Iztaccíhuatl’s father sent Popocatepetl to war in Oaxaca, promising him his daughter as his wife if he returned (which Iztaccíhuatl’s father presumed he would not). Iztaccíhuatl’s father told her that her lover had fallen in battle and she died of grief. When Popocatépetl returned, and discovered the death of his lover, he committed suicide by plunging a dagger through his heart. God covered them with snow and changed them into mountains. Iztac cíhuatl’s mountain was called “La Mujer Dormida, because it bears a resemblance to a woman sleeping on her back. Popocatépetl became the volcano Popocatépetl, raining fire on Earth in blind rage at the loss of his beloved.
And, this is how they look like from my home on an unusual clear day.
(These volcanos are located at a 50 kilometer distance, so they might not look as big as they are. Try looking at a previous post here.)
This is NOT a photograph of mine. I got this one from @AidaLiraL on twitter.
It is a magnificent view of Mexico City and of the active volcano Popocatepetl, that means ¨Smoking Mountain” in Nahuatl (that is what Aztecs use to speak). The current volcano activity remains the same as last week. Yellow, phase 3.
You can see a previous post on Popocatepetl’s activity HERE.
Just added a couple more photographs from the news, since a couple of days ago (May 7th) the Popocatepetl was rather active.
New photos: October 5th,2013
New photos: (May 7th,2013)
This is the Popocatepetl,(from Nahuatl: Smoking Mountain) has alway been an active volcano. It has been during this week that it has shown activity with fumes and explosions. This is happening at the time as being posted.
The volcanic alert has been set at Yellow Phase 3 this implies the possibility of the following scenarios:
Explosive activity from an intermediate to high scale. Growth of domes and the increasing possibility of lava explosions and an ash rain over near towns.
Emphasis on the following recommendations:
1. Continue with security radius of 12 KM. No one is allowed within this distance.
2. Maintain controlled traffic between Xalitzintla and Nexapa.
3. Civil protection needs to maintain its preventing evacuation procedures.
4.To the population: stay alert to oficial information being broadcasted.
Continuos monitoring is performed over the Volcano. Next boletin will be issued at 13:00hrs