Volcano Threatens Mexico City with Ash Fallout

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Experts say the volcano is extremely active. Popocatepetl is located 45 miles southeast of Mexico City. It’s estimated that 25 million people reside within a radius of 60 miles of the volcano.

A volcano spews gasses and ash into the sky near Puebla in Mexico

Mexico’s National Disaster Prevention Center issued a yellow warning and advised residents to stay away from the Volcano crater.

MEXICO CITY: Video footage of Mexico’s active volcano shows a significant increase in ash and gases spewing into the air. Authorities warned that this could impact areas of Mexico City.

Popocatepetl is located 45 miles southeast of Mexico City. It’s estimated that 25 million people reside within a radius of 60 miles of the volcano.

The National Disaster Prevention Center of Mexico issued a yellow warning and advised residents to stay away from the crater.

A center in the area has reported an increase in the number of earthquakes and a risk of rocks falling.

As seen in recent times, explosions can cause fragments to be thrown into the air, causing them to glow. It is dangerous to be within the 12 km exclusion zone from the crater. Stay away from ravines in case of heavy rainfall, as mud and debris flow can occur. This is what the Mexican government has stated.

Volcano spreading ash across Mexico City

The authorities have issued a Yellow Alert after the significant release of gas and ash from Mexico’s Popocatepetl Volcano on Tuesday.

Popocatepetl is active since 1994. It has experienced periods of increased activity including the forced removal of 40,000 residents in December 2000.

In May 2023 the emissions of ash caused authorities to close nearby schools and temporarily shut down airfields including Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport.

U.S. Geological Survey states that planes are very susceptible to volcanic material. Ash particles can damage fuselage blades, which will greatly affect the performance of the engines.

The USGS stated that Popocatepetl could do worse despite occasional increases in activity.

USGS estimates that hundreds of thousands of people would be immediately in danger if an event of this magnitude were to occur today.

Mexico is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire and has dozens of active volcanoes.

El Chichon, another volcano in Mexico’s southern region, is constantly monitored. It is not far from Mexico-Guatemala.

A 1982 eruption is considered one of the worst disasters to hit the country in recent history. Nearly 2,000 people died and another 20,000 became homeless.