Puebla (Mexico), April 21 (EFE). – The Government of Mexico insisted Wednesday that for now no order to evacuate the 28,000 villagers living near the volcano Popocatepetl, near the capital of the country, but no ash emissions have stopped for eight consecutive days.
The volcanic alert remains at phase three yellow and is not expected, for now, order the evacuation of the villages near the crater of Popocatepetl, said Interior Minister, Alejandro Poire.
The official explained that for now it works in coordination with the states surrounding the volcano to act if necessary, which would occur only if the alert turns red phase one.
Poire said the Mexican government has all the financial, logistical and human resources to meet any contingency volcanic.
The National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) reported that in the last 24 hours the volcano has remained the emission of incandescent material that caused the decline of ash in the towns of San Pedro Benito Juarez, Santiago Xalitzintla, San Nicolas de los Ranchos , San Pedro and San Mateo Yancuictlalpan Ozolco.
During the course of this day, the emission of ash also reached the eponymous capital of Puebla state where more than two million inhabitants.
Popocatepetl has produced four exhalations of steam and ash of medium intensity, but subsequently had various segments of high amplitude spasmodic tremor, which lasted for four hours, according to the official volcano monitoring.
The authorities call for cover deposits of water to prevent contamination, cleaning debris from roofs, yards and streets and then deposit them in bags.
“The ash can be used for parks, gardens, growing pots, as it is rich in minerals. People should keep animals indoors, never throw the volcanic debris into drains to prevent clogging, cover appliances electronics, to prevent damage, it is also advisable not to perform outdoor activities and keep doors and windows closed, “says an official statement today.
Employers have also issued a series of recommendations to their staff not to suspend activities and prevent the health of employees is not affected, and the operation of their machines.
“We have turned our partners recommendations for employees who work outdoors use a mouth cover, taking care to avoid damage machinery and properly clean the ash to avoid affecting the pipes of factories,” said President Council of Business Organizations (COE) in Puebla, Luis Gerardo Inman Peraldi.
Puebla’s government also said it had not planned to cancel any activity related to the celebration commemorating the 150 anniversary of the Battle of Puebla which has scheduled a parade of 12,000 students.
- Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico rumbles as authorities raise alert level (photoblog.msnbc.msn.com)
- Mexico City on alert as Popocatepetl volcano spews rock and ash (telegraph.co.uk)