The Secretariat of Comprehensive Risk Management and Civil Protection of Mexico City (SGIRPC) reported that due to the recent activity of the Popocatépetl volcano, forecasts ash fall in all the CDMX city halls. At 5:05 p.m. on Monday, September 19, phase two of the volcanic alert traffic light was activated.
Likewise, he urged the population to take precautions such as staying informed through official channels; cover nose and mouth with a scarf or wear a mask; clean eyes and throat with pure water; as well as use frame lenses and avoid contact lenses to reduce eye irritation.
Similarly, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) recommended that the population not perform outdoor activities; keep pets in a lying place, as well as their food; sweep and remove ash from roofs, terraces and streets.
For its part, the National Water Commission (With water), reported that there is no visibility towards the area of the Popocatépetl volcano and in case of activity, the forecast of the trajectory is in a west-northwest direction on the municipalities of Atlautla and Ozumba in the State of Mexico.
Some mayors 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,” he warned.
The National Coordination of Civil Protection (CNPC) asked people to take extreme precautions in case there is a fall of ash generated by the great volcano, it also stressed the importance of knowing what effects are generated in the body.
”Ashes are particles produced by rock fragmentation during eruptions and are less than 2mm in size. Its effects can go unnoticed and last a long time, even after the eruption is over,” he said.
The affected areas in the respiratory system range from the extrathoracic region such as the nose, mouth and larynx; the tracheobronchial region including 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 lung and a scar is formed that causes inflammation and reduces breathing capacity.
Frequent exposure to volcanic ash can cause acute eye and respiratory irritation; irritative conjunctivitis or abrasions to the cornea, gastrointestinal disorders; severe forms of respiratory exhaustion; pre-existing hypersecretion of mucus and potential to develop obstructive diseases, as reported by Civil protection.
On the other hand, people couldn’t help but attribute the fact of the volcanic ash to a “terrible” day with the earthquake that was experienced today around 1:05 p.m.Central Mexico time, 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.
“Is this horrible day never going to end?”, “Either they nerfed cdmx, or nature is maxed out, but today we chilangos are playing in legend mode” and “#popocatépetl has also made its appearance, the only shot is that the day is not over yet”, were some of the comments left by users.