A few hours after an earthquake of magnitude 7.7 that shook the center of the country, Civil Protection authorities activated an alert for the ash fall issued by the Popocatepetl volcano this Monday afternoon. Take note of the precautions below.
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The Secretariat for Comprehensive Risk Management and Civil Protection of Mexico City (SGIRPC-CDMX) recorded an exhalation in Popocatépetl with ash content that was dispersed to the northwest.
For this reason, the possibility of volcanic ash fall in all the mayors of the capital of the country. Follow the following recommendations:
- Stay informed through official channels.
- Cover nose and mouth with a scarf or mask.
- Clean eyes and throat with pure water.
- Wear prescription glasses and avoid contact lenses to reduce eye irritation.
The traffic light of the volcanic alert remains yellow phase 2.
— Secretary of Comprehensive Risk Management and PC (@SGIRPC_CDMX) September 19, 2022
Is volcanic activity linked to seismic activity?
The Civil Protection alert was issued a few hours after the earthquake on Monday, with a magnitude of 7.7 with an epicenter in Michoacán. In social networks, many people wondered if the telluric movement triggered the volcanic activity.
“If the volcano is in a more or less unsettled situation, an earthquake can modify its behavior and increase activity,” explained geophysicist Carlos Valdés, former director of the Mexican National Center for Disaster Prevention, to the AP. “It has been seen in other volcanoes in the world and also in Popocatépetl.”
Both the Colima volcano, near the earthquake zone, and Popocatépetl, east of the capital, are active and periodically exhale ash, as the latter did on Monday. But the two events can only be related by seeing their behavior in the coming days, added Valdés.
With additional information from AP.