Mexico's national disaster agency, CENAPRED, raised the alert level for the Popocatepetl volcano on the border of Puebla, Mexico, and Morelos states on Thursday, March 28, following a period of increased activity. The volcano, located 72 km (45 mi) southeast of downtown Mexico City, is emitting water vapor, volcanic gases, and a moderate ash cloud that is has dispersed to the southeast and southwest. Additionally, some seismic activity has been recorded on Thursday and Friday, March 29.
Popocatepetl is at a Yellow Phase 3 alert level and CENAPRED is advising people to avoid a 12 km (7.5 mi) radius of the crater and to take preventative measures to limit exposure to ash and other gases by closing windows, avoiding outdoor activity, and covering their nose and mouth with face masks or other materials. The affected areas include Puebla state (Atlixco, San Andres Cholula, San Pedro Benito Juárez, and the surrounding areas) and Morelos state (Hueyapan and Tetela del Volcán). Light ash accumulation is possible in Mexico state and Mexico City. More information can be found at CENAPRED's website.
Individuals in or traveling to Pueblo, Mexico, Morales states or Mexico City are advised to monitor the situation, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and CENAPRED, and take certain precautions against ash and volcanic gases.
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