Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano continued its ongoing explosive uptick at 01:23 UTC, March 27 (19:23 LT, March 26) by firing an ash column 28,000 feet (8.5 km) a.s.l. — potentially one of the largest eruptions for years, and much bigger than March 19’s widely reported bang (pictured above).
Washington VAAC reports on a heavy ash emission moving ESE from the summit.
Even with government agencies issuing multiple warnings beforehand, the powerful nature of this eruption still caught residents off guard.
The internet was quickly clogged with incredible footage:
Popocatépetl, whose name means “smoking mountain” in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, sprang back to life in 1994 (solar minimum of cycle 22) after a half-century of quiescence.
Over the past few weeks, activity at the volcano has really kicked up a couple of notches — but this should really come as no surprise as we continue our descent into what is the deepest solar minimum in well over 100 years.
Seismic and Volcanic activity has been correlated to changes in our sun.
The recent global uptick in earthquakes and volcanic eruptions is likely attributed to the drop-off in solar activity, coronal holes, a waning magnetosphere, and the increase in Galactic Cosmic Rays penetrating silica-rich magma.
Check out these link for more info:
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift
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