Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Contraction to the Birth Pains

Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano spews ash two MILES into the air: Puebla is caked in white dust as eruption forces closure of airport

First a bright burst of light appears, whiting out the screen, only to reveal the plume shooting upward and incandescent, blazing lava and rock cascading down the mountain's side.
Dust and ash have settled on the city since the early morning explosion and officials are urging people to wear masks to avoid inhaling the fine grit that has covered houses and cars.

The amount of soot and ash released was so dense, the Puebla International Airport was forced to shut down from 7am until 1pm Monday, locals have been cleaning ash and soot off of cars and roadways since the massive eruption sent lava sliding down the mountain, 25 million people live within 62 miles of the crater of the 17,797-foot stratovolcano.

In Ecuador after 7.8 quake; death toll tops 400, expected to rise further
Manta and Pedernales, two other big Manabi cities, also suffered extensive damage, the entire Pacific coast of South America is affected by this collision, as similarly devastating quakes that have struck Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Mexico.

Info on Tap

Taliban suicide bombing in a high-traffic area of central Kabul killed at least 30 and injured 327 Tuesday morning, only days after the United Nations released a report saying civilian casualties continue to reach record highs in Afghanistan.