The Government of the state of Puebla reported that as a security measure and in order not to put students at schools located in the area of the Popocatépetl volcano at risk, face-to-face classes are suspended as of this May 18.
There will be eight municipalities that will adapt the online modality and in five more outdoor activities will be suspended, so students will have to use face masks to avoid inhaling volcanic ash.
- San Diego La Mesa Tochimiltzingo
- Saint Gregory Atzompa
- San Jeronimo Tecuanipan
- Saint Nicholas of the Ranches
- Santa Isabel Cholula
These measures are intended to prevent damage to the health of students and in the coming days, the state government will report a possible change or other instruction.
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The measures were announced this Wednesday after an increase in the activity of the colossus in the last 17 days in which it has expelled incandescent material and ash that has reached the states of Hidalgo, the State of Mexico and Puebla.
The streets of the municipalities surrounding the colossus wake up covered in ash and during the day it seems that it is raining dust.
According to the volcano monitoring report, this Wednesday night, Popocatépetl released incandescent material accompanied by a new fumarole loaded with ash.
However, the Civil Protection authorities indicated that the risk traffic light remains in Yellow Phase 2 and the security radius is also maintained at 12 kilometers.
The governor of Puebla, Sergio Salomón Céspedes, reported that this Wednesday he led a meeting with all the municipal presidents of Izta-Popo (Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl volcanoes) to review the evacuation routes.
Now everything is calm, at peace, we have to stay that way and we have to generate preventive actions in terms of health, due to the effects that are minor, but we have to be vigilant.
This Wednesday, agents of the Mexican Army, National Guard, and Civil Protection toured the eight evacuation routes that are on the side of the state of Puebla, with the aim of verifying that they are passable or that they are in good condition to be able to evacuate citizens. in case of increased activity of the volcano.
The Mexican authorities have analyzed the activity of Popocatépetl on a daily basis since its current eruptive phase began in 1994.
The volcano is located in the central part of the Mexican Transversal Volcanic Belt and is located at the convergence of the limits of the states of Mexico, Puebla and Morelos and 72 kilometers southeast of Mexico City.
The 5 highest peaks in the country are located in the Strip: Pico de Orizaba (5,610 meters above sea level), Popocatépetl (5,550), Iztaccíhuatl (5,220), Nevado de Toluca (4,680) and La Malinche (4,420).
With information from EFE
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