As if the earthquake were not enough; Mexico City warned of Popocatépetl volcano activity

The Mexico City Global Risk Management and Civil Protection Secretariat (SGIRPC) reported that due to the recent activity of the Popocatépetl volcano, ash fall is expected in all municipalities of CDMX. At 5:05 p.m. on Monday, September 19, Phase Two of the Volcanic Warning Signal Light was activated.

Likewise, he urged people to take precautions such as staying informed through official channels; cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or wear a face mask; clean the eyes and throat with pure water; as well as using framed lenses and avoiding contact lenses to reduce eye irritation.

Likewise, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has recommended that the population refrain from practicing outdoor activities; keep pets indoors, along with their food; sweep and remove ashes from roofs, terraces and streets.

The National Water Commission (Conagua), reported that there is no visibility towards the Popocatépetl volcano area and in case of activity, the forecast trajectory is in a west-northwest direction on the municipalities of Atlautla and Ozumba in the State of Mexico.

Some mayors have shared some recommendations to take into account through their social networks, as is the case of Iztapalapa.

“The particles produced by the fragmentation of the rocks of the Popocatépetl volcano can have an effect on our health”, warned the mayor of Iztapalapa.

The National Coordination of Civil Protection (CNPC) asked people to take extreme precautions in the event of an ash fall generated by the most dangerous and active volcano in Mexico, it also stressed the importance of knowing what effects are generated in the body.

“Ashes are particles produced by the fragmentation of rocks during eruptions and measure less than 2 mm. Its effects can go unnoticed and last a long time, even after the eruption subsides,” he noted.

Affected areas of the respiratory system range from the extrathoracic region such as the nose, mouth, and larynx; the tracheobronchial region comprising the trachea and bronchi; as well as the alveolar region in the lungs and alveoli.

Particles smaller than 4 microns lodge in the alveoli of the lungs. Likewise, the body encapsulates the particles as a defense mechanism of the lungs and forms a scar which causes inflammation and reduces the ability to breathe.

Frequent exposure to volcanic ash can cause acute eye and respiratory tract irritation; irritative conjunctivitis or corneal abrasions, gastrointestinal disturbances; severe forms of respiratory exhaustion; pre-existing hypersecretion of mucus and possibility of developing obstructive diseases, as reported by civil protection.

People couldn’t help but blame the fact of the volcanic ash on a ‘terrifying’ day with the earthquake at around 1.05pm central Mexico time today which left one person dead in Colima , several injured, as well as damaged buildings. in various parts of the Mexican Republic with a magnitude of 7.7.

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