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04 Nov 2018 | 10:15 PM UTC

Mexico: Activity reported at Popocatépetl volcano November 4 /update 2

Mexico News Alert

Emergency officials warn individuals to avoid area around Popocatépetl volcano following explosions on November 3-4

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/3/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/10/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Mexico_City). COUNTRY/REGION Popocatépetl, State of Mexico, Puebla state, Mexico City

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Event

The National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) issued a warning on Sunday, November 4, for individuals to avoid the Popocatépetl volcano (Puebla state) following recent activity. Multiple explosions were reported on Saturday, November 3, and on Sunday, accompanied by a minor earthquake. According to CENAPRED there is a risk of possible ash fall, pyroclastic flows, and mudslides in nearby areas in the near-term. As of Sunday afternoon (local time) no evacuation orders have been issued.

Context

Popocatépetl, translated as "the smoking mountain," is located some 60 km (40 mi) southeast of the capital Mexico City and has been active since 1994. However, geophysicists have reported an increase in activity at the volcano in the past year, since a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck central Mexico in September 2017.

Advice

Individuals in Puebla state are advised to avoid the affected area, monitor the situation, follow any instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders), and wear respiratory masks and covering clothing to protect skin from ashfall in affected areas.  

 

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