Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano is emitting less ash after weeks of increased activity, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said, which could be a welcome sign for the millions of people who live on its outskirts.
“Its intensity has diminished. The resulting ash is also less. Basically it is moving more towards Puebla. There is no ash falling in the rest of the states and we notice day and night that there is no panic,” López Obrador said in a press conference on Tuesday.
Millions of people in Mexico have already been warned to prepare for a possible evacuation after Popocatepetl, Mexico’s most dangerous active volcano, was observed spewing ash into several nearby towns since last week, according to authorities.
Mexico’s National Civil Protection Coordinating Authority (CNPC) also issued a “third yellow phase” warning for people living in towns and villages near the volcano.
Authorities urged residents to remain vigilant on Tuesday as Environment Minister Betty Manrique announced that Puebla’s air quality index had registered lower particulate matter, but encouraged residents to wear protective gear and masks and drive less.
“Everything is being worked on in a preventive manner, but do not panic and try to be very objective when reporting so as not to scare people. We will be aware of everything and we will report it immediately, but we believe there will be no problems. The president said.
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