The eruption of a Mexican volcano triggered the fear of hundreds of residents from the area. Everybody knew how dangerous such an event could become. Volcanic eruptions can represent a terrible threat to the citizen’s life who inhabit the area around the volcano. In the whole world, there are approximately 1500 active volcanoes, without taking into account the volcanoes situated on the ocean floor.
- Residents living in the villages and towns near the affected area were prohibited to hike.
- The ash spurts into the area could become very dangerous, affecting the respiratory apparatus.
The Popocatepetl volcano located in Mexico has recently erupted violently discharging ash into the air, terrifying the locals. The eruption affected some villages and towns situated on the outskirts of the erupting volcano. The explosion reached about five kilometers above the crater of the fuming volcano and ash was spouted in the air.
Luis Felipe Puente, the director of civil protection in Mexico, the deflagration discharged ash, gas, and steam. Apparently, scientists unveiled that the volcano was asleep for approximately twenty years. The last time the Popocatepetl volcano erupted happened back in 1994. Nevertheless, in 2000 specialists predicted another eruption bound to happen that year due to the evacuations’ records.
Starting with 2012, experts declared that they had registered an increase in the activity of the Mexican volcano, causing panic among both specialists and locals. This volcano is very well-known for its unpredictable behavior. The last time the volcano registered a seismic activity was back in April 2016. The mountain is one of the volcanoes from the Trans-Mexican belt, being recognized as the second highest peak in the whole country.
After the eruption, the volcano was recorded to release ash columns several times, 129 such incidents being kept in the archives. After the first explosion, there followed three more, accompanied by a 1.8 magnitude earthquake. Authorities from the area were prohibited tourists or locals from approaching the affected area around the volcano so as to not jeopardize their lives.
What is more, officials have warned people to avoid hiking thinking about how dangerous could be the ash discharges. The authorities have also prevented inhabitants from the area that they might experience some breathing problems because of the gas and ash emissions which could affect their respiratory apparatus. They have rose awareness especially for seniors and children who were advised to keep away from the vicinity of the Mexican volcano.
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