Secretariat for Integrated Risk Management and Civil Protection (SGIRPC) Mexico City announced on its social media that this Sunday, September 3, volcanic ash fall in some municipalities of the Mexican capital. According to dependence, affects will manifest themselves mainly within the boundaries northwest city, for this reason, the population is advised to avoid outdoor activities, as the ash can cause breathing problems.

The SGIRPC announced that the warning was issued following a monitoring report from the Popocatepetl Volcano, which indicated that “ash emissions are being reported; it is expected to move towards Northwest affecting Mexico City“. The agency also clarified that partly cloudy weather is expected this Sunday. Mainly cloudy; and in the evening they will introduce themselves rainy strong to punctual, with electrical activity and possible hail.

Traffic light stays yellow, phase 2. Photo: @SGIRPC_CDMX

Ashfall Recommendations

According to Mexican authorities, volcanic ash consists of fragments of rocks, minerals and volcanic glass formed during explosive volcanic eruptions. It is abrasive, insoluble in water, and may contain sulfur-scented volcanic gases. Some are sand-like in size, while others can be as fine as talc. Although it does not pose a serious danger to humans, exposure to volcanic ash can lead to adverse health effects; One of the most common is irritation of the upper respiratory tract, accompanied by a sore throat and dry cough.

People who have previously had breathing problems may have symptoms of severe bronchitis that last for several days after infection; respiratory tract irritation in people with asthma or bronchitis and bad breath. In addition, animals such as cattle can become poisoned and even die by ingesting ash-contaminated vegetation, making it dangerous to other species as well. Due to these dangers, residents are advised to:

Ashfall recommendations. Photo: Photo: @SGIRPC_CDMX
  • Avoid outdoor activities.
  • Protect your eyes, nose and mouth if you need to go out into the open.
  • Close doors and windows.
  • Cover cracks and vents with a damp cloth to prevent ash from entering homes and buildings.
  • Brush off the ashes with a feather broom so they don’t scratch the surface.
  • Cover water tanks and other deposits to keep them clean.
  • Cover machinery, equipment and vehicles so that they are not damaged or scratched.
  • Avoid driving as the ash reduces visibility and makes the pavement slippery.
  • Girls, boys, as well as the elderly and people with respiratory diseases are advised to avoid contact with the ashes.
  • If you have pets, make sure that the water and food they consume is not contaminated.


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