Subject: Popocatepetl Author: XO11XO@aol.com at ~smtp Date: 12/29/98 9:08 PM Hi. My name is Kat Odell and I am a student from Scarsdale High School. I am doing a project on Popocatepetl a volcano located in Mexico. I have a few questions based on the information that i have gathered about El Popo and i hope that you will be able to take the time to ansewr them. - When is the next predicted eruption of Popocatepetl? - What state is Popocatepetl in? Is it safe to expore the mountain or might it erupt anytime? - What precautions are being taken incase Popecatepetl does erupt? Thank You for taking the time for answering my questions Sincerely, Kat ______________________________ Reply Separator _________________________________ Kat, this site is for marine biology related questions, but I checked on your question, and suggest that you run a search on the InterNet on your topic. Thru Excite alone, I had 590 hits. The last update I was able to locate (with little effort at all) was from 10 December, which spoke of an eruption on 3 December. The volcano is located at: 19.0 N, 98.6 W - central Mexico - 70 km southeast of Mexico City. The record of activity from this volcano includes large, pre-historical eruptions, spaced at intervals of roughly 1,000 years, with the last severe event ocurring about 1,200 years ago. This combined with the very dense concentration of human activity in the region (Mexico City, Puebla, etc.), indicates that Popocatepetl is and will remain a very dangerous volcanic hazard. The following website from Michigan Technical University has additional information on volcanos: http://www.geo.mtu.edu/volcanoes/ The following website shows some graphics of hazard implications for this Mexican volcano: http://poe.ipac.caltech.edu:8080/hazards/popo.html As you see, I was able to locate quite a bit of information. I think if you go to the various websites, you will also find contact information to answer your other specific questions. You just need to do some searching...these things take time. Since you're interested in volcanos, the Guagua Pichincha Volcano, located just six miles (10 km) from the Ecuadorian capital Quito, has been spewing explosive spurts of vapor during the last four days, and could erupt at any time, environmental officials warned on 27 Dec.