Mexico’s Popocatépetl has been quite active this month, spewing ash and prompting officials to raise the volcanic alert level “to five on a seven-point scale.”
The earth has also been rumbling near the volcano, perhaps an ominous foreshadowing of things to come.
“‘There was a strong humming sound all night… it’s roaring,’ said Alvaro Perez.”
As yet, there have been no calls for evacuation, despite the increased activity. At least 28,000 people live right next to the volcano, and it lies about 40 miles from Mexico City. According to Discovery News, over 30 million people “live within sight” of it.
But contingencies are in place if the situation worsens, and residents have been given recommendations for handling the ash that is now coating their roofs and yards.
The above photo was taken on April 11, 2012.