Ashes Eruption from Popocatepelt Volcano Reach Mayor's Offices in Mexico City

Ashes  Eruption from Popocatepelt Volcano Reach Mayor's Offices in Mexico City

Ashes was spewing from the Popocatepetl volcano on Thursday reach seven mayors offices in Mexico City due to a column of 1,200 meters high caused by an explosion several hours ago, authorities said.

The Secretariat for Comprehensive Risk Management and Civil Protection (SGIRPC) warned that ashes are affecting Coyoacan, Iztapalapa, Magdalena Contreras, Milpa Alta, Tlalpan, Tlahuac and Xochimilco municipalities.

The National Center for Disaster Prevention decreed Traffic Light Yellow Phase 2 for the state of Popo, as the volcano is popularly called, SGIRPC said.

That entity recommends the population in Mexico City to sweep and remove ash from roofs, terraced roofs, courtyards and streets; do not use water to remove them as they harden and cause the pipes clog; cover cisterns and water tanks to avoid contamination, close windows and if possible stay home.

It also expresses the importance of covering the nose and mouth, keeping eyes and throat clean with natural water, not doing outdoor activities, locating pets in a covered place and having their food covered, wearing frame lenses and avoiding contact lenses to prevent irritation in eyes.