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El Popocatepetl

The second highest active peak in Mexico
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Erick Ramirez

on 28 April 2010

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El Popocatepetl The second highest active peak in Mexico
What is a volcano?
1. A volcano is an opening, or rupture, in a planet's surface or crust, which allows hot magma, ash and gases to escape from below the surface The three types of volcano are Cinder Cone, Composite, and Shield. The dangers of El Popocatepetl Backround info El Popocatepetl means "smoking mountain" in Nahuatl it is located southeast of Mexico city (43 miles) Latitude: 19°0120N
Longitude: 98°3740W Aztec legend of "la mujer blanca" Type of Eruption El popocateptl is a shield volcano. The magma has high viscosity and its gas-rich Hawaiian eruption What causes the eruptions? gas+pressure
continental plates collide and creates friction earthquakes, tsunamis, and landslides may trigger volcanoe eruptions Volcanic signs Deformation of the land Small earthquakes or tremors troughout the 19 mile radius Increase of chemicals in volcanoe such as sulphur dioxide Timeline of el Popo Been active since the age of exploration 1400s major explosions in 2001 and 2004 including 2008 impact of lava can damage roads+houses quiet eruption=less destructive but people can still die How many people live near El Popo? More than 1 million people live near El Popo 30% of those pople live in the mountain range How people can be affected Lava eruptions can damage residences Roads,farms,and food supplies could be burned economy will go down Steps to be protected Practise evacuation plans every 2 to 3 weeks Built houses to support earthquakes or landslides Confirm a count of citezens Evacuation plans Currently no evacuation plan just evacuate citizens as quickly and posible in my opinion bad plan Other alternatives Consider evacuating citisens near the volacnoe children and woman should be attended first
always should be alert whcih areas to be considered targets? South east of mexico Mexico city Cover 20 mile radius VEi Rock melts and magma builds up pressure, gass and more magma force the magma upward and out of the mountain. scale 7
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