In its last report on June 7, the National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED), attached to the Government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, detected 43 exhalations of the Popocatepetl volcano accompanied by water vapor, among other volcanic gases. He also recorded 187 minutes of tremor of low to moderate amplitude and high frequency. Additionally, it identified a volcanotectonic earthquake, with magnitude 2, registered on June 6 at 11:28 p.m. The National Civil Protection Coordinator made the decision to return the alert traffic light to yellow level phase 2.
Popocatépetl volcano: recommendations for ashfall
- Do not carry out outdoor activities.
- Prevent minors, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases from coming into contact with the ash.
- Cover bathtubs and other water tanks.
- Seal with wet lids, cracks and windows.
- Cover appliances, equipment and cars to prevent scratches.
- If you must go out, protect your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Make sure that your pet’s water and food are not contaminated.
- Close doors and windows.
- Shake the ashes with feather dusters so as not to scratch surfaces.
Popocatepetl volcano hazard map
Why is Popocatépetl one of the most dangerous in the world?
He Popocatepetl volcano It is considered in the academy as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world due to its proximity to inhabited areas. The ‘Popo’ is located in the center of Mexico, between the states of Morelos, Puebla and the State of Mexico, and less than 100 km from the capital, Mexico City.
A large eruption could affect 25 million people. The town of Santiago Xalitzintla is the closest: it is only 12 kilometers from the mountain.