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Popocatépetl volcano explodes in Mexico, triggers ash fall alert
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Popocatépetl volcano explodes in Mexico, triggers ash fall alert

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Puebla & Morelos (Mexico), Mar 7: Explosion at the Popocatépetl volcano in southern Mexico triggered an ash fall alert in the city and nearby areas.

The explosion was recorded at 8:26 am (local time), expelling an ash plume that extended 1,200 meters above the volcano. Winds sent the ash to the west of the volcano, covering an area in southern and southeastern Mexico City that encompasses the boroughs of Magdalena Contreras, Tlalpan, Coyoacán, Xochimilco, Milpa Alta, Tláhuac and Iztapalapa.

Authorities advised residents of those areas to cover their mouths and noses with damp handkerchiefs, clean their eyes and throat with water and avoid using contact lenses, as these contribute to eye irritation in the presence of ash, The Mexico City reported.

Drivers were advised to keep their windows closed and moderate speed as the ash could reduce traction. The use of air conditioning was not advised, and drivers should listen to the radio for updates on air quality conditions.

Residents were urged to sweep up the ash and deposit it in bags, avoiding the use of water. Mixing water and ash solidifies when it dries and can clog storm drains. (UNI)