Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2000 13:59:16 -0800 (PST)
From: Denise email@example.com>
hi Ray.God bless you for what you have done for me and
millions of other people by posting your visions and
prophecies on the web. I was reading through them all
when I found your vision of the volcanic lava spilling
out at night on Dec 19th at 11:10 pm. How ironic that
the volcano in Mexico erupted last night with the
brialliant colors you spoke of. God has blessed you
with a wonderful gift and I pray that he continues to
do so. I fear the end and pray that God will spare me
and my son but I also know that there are several
things that need to be done. Thank you so much again
and God bless you
998. Vision given to Raymond Aguilera on 19 December 1996 at 11:10 PM.
During prayer the Lord showed a cross section of a volcano with its moving lava. I could see this happening at night with all kinds of colors coming from the flames as the firewall moved across the landscape. The colors were what amazed me the most, and seeing it at night. (over)
Mexicans flee as volcano erupts
Popocatepetl showers fiery rock and ash for six miles around
MEXICO CITY, Dec. 19 — The sky above Mexico City lit up in a spectacular show of fire as the Popocatepetl volcano, which awoke from a 70-year slumber in 1994, spewed red-hot rocks into the air. The eruptions, over the course of Monday night and Tuesday, forced the evacuation of thousands of villagers, who had previously ignored government urging to leave when the volcano began its ominous rumbling on Friday.
A RED PLUME continued to snake up from the mountain's peak Tuesday after a series of internal explosions triggered the largest eruption for Popocatepetl since A.D. 800, when lava poured from its crater, filling nearby valleys, experts said.
Newly elected President Vicente Fox visited the area on Tuesday as authorities warned that the danger wasn't over.
According to an Interior Ministry press conference on Tuesday afternoon, there is still a lot of pressure building up inside the ducts of the volcano, and more emissions are expected. The ministry said the volcano continues to have internal tremors.
The strong activity that started late Monday took local residents by surprise, although officials have been warning the population about a change in the volcano's activity in the past week.
Servando de la Cruz, a vulcanologist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, said that the long explosions helped release the pressure that had built up under the magma plug that blocked the crater.
But the fear now is that the incandescent rocks could reach a nearby glacier causing it to melt and release a torrent of meltwater and mud on the small communities below.
The volcano is located about 40 miles southeast of Mexico City and, depending on the severity of its activity as well as wind direction, could pose a formidable threat to the capital, which boasts a population of more than 20 million residents.
So far, the hot ash has blown in the direction of Puebla, a city of around 1.8 million people, on the other side of the 17,886-foot peak.
As the wind carried debris and ash from the volcano, Puebla widened its net of evacuees to 56,000 from 38 villages. Initial plans called for 40,000 people to be evacuated from the nearest 22 communities around the mountain. Looking at the roots of a volcano
According to the Interior Ministry, there are 30,000 people in shelters and more evacuated by themselves so the exact number of people who fled the area is unknown. Most of villages in the slopes of the volcano are now empty. The government said it would continue to evacuate surrounding towns if the volcanic activity increases.
AFFECTION FOR THE VOLCANO
But for the local villagers living in shadows of Popocatepetl, the relationship with the volcano is more complex. Generations of families believe that "Don Goyo" or "Goyito," as they call it affectionately, is a part of their lives.
Abandoning him could make him more furious, so they make offerings and honor his presence every day. Television crews reported that local residents asked them to apologize to Don Goyo for filming it.
This relationship dates back to the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortez, who was responsible for several massacres of Indians in the 16th century. According to legend, the volcano erupted as Cortez passed by, scaring away the invaders.
The still predominately Indian population that lives around the Popocatepetl — which means "Smoking Mountain" in their pre-Hispanic dialect — inherited the legend, and many believed the volcano would not do them any harm.
"All of the past years we thought Goyito was playing games with us, we even considered his rumblings and tremors as a way of communication with us," Baltazar Garcia said. "But now, we are a bit scared... we saw a lot of fire last night, as never before. Something must have upset him."
For Garcia, a resident of Santiago Xalizintla, a rural community in the foothills of the volcano, it's time to go. Most of his community refused to evacuate until Monday night and only 17 residents remained Tuesday, leaving their fate in Goya's hands.
Some residents said police sent in to guard their belongings during a 1994 evacuation instead stole them.
Corn farmer Tomas Jimenez was one of them. He sent his family to Cholula, a city at the volcano's base, and remained to keep watch on their house. But he pointed to a battered pickup truck that represented his only escape.
"Here's my transportation," he said. "At the right moment, I'll take off running."
Laura Saravia is NBC's Mexico bureau chief. The Associated Press contributed to this report.