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Mexico Issues Alert for Volcanic Activity


Sun 15 Oct 2023 | 09:26 PM
Israa Farhan

Mexico has declared a state of alert after three powerful explosions were recorded at the Popocatepetl volcano, one of the most active in the country.

In addition to the explosions, there were 482 minutes of high-frequency seismic tremors. Authorities have issued warnings for residents to avoid approaching the area.

Argentina's "Infobae" newspaper reported that Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) stated that the volcano registered a total of 195 minor explosions along with three significant explosions, accompanied by water vapor and volcanic gases, in the past 24 hours.

Despite CENAPRED warning of only two explosions, dense volcanic ash was observed several kilometers around the volcano.

The powerful explosion was followed by an earthquake and the ejection of incandescent material on the slopes of the volcano.

Due to the prevailing wind direction, it is noted that the northeastern areas of the state of Puebla are most affected by the ashfall.

As for Mexico City, the southern, eastern, and western parts of the capital will be impacted, according to the Comprehensive Risk and Civil Protection Administration.

Authorities have warned citizens not to approach the volcano and have advised closing doors and windows properly.

They also recommended placing damp cloths in any cracks, avoiding leaving food outside, and securely closing water containers, such as tanks or water tanks.