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September 21 10:00 h (September 21 15:00 GMT)

In the last 24 hours the Popocatépetl volcano monitoring system registered 238 low-intensity exhalation, besides one explosion (image 1).

On the other hand, there were recorded 3 volcanotectonic events, yesterday at 17:06 and 17:08 h, both with magnitude 1.8 and today at 03:48 h with magnitude 1.7.

Along some lapses of the night glow was not seen over the crater.

From dawn and up to the time of this report the volcano has been seen with a weak emission of steam and gas (image 2).

t is important to note that no significant increase has been observed in the activity of the volcano that can be related to the earthquake of magnitude 7.1, registered on September 19 with an epicenter in the state of Puebla.

The monitoring of the Popocatépetl Volcano is carried out continuously 24 hours a day. Any change in activity will be reported in due course.

CENAPRED emphasizes that people SHOULD NOT go near the volcano, especially near the crater, due to the hazard caused by ballistic fragments (image 3).

This type of activity is included within the scenarios Volcanic Traffic Light Yellow Phase 2.

The scenarios foreseen for this phase are:

1. Explosive activity of low to intermediate level.

2. Ash fall in nearby towns.

3. Possibility of short range pyroclastic flows and mudflows .

Special emphasis is placed on the following recommendations:

1. Continue the safety radius of 12 km, so staying in that area is not allowed.

2. Keep the controlled traffic between Santiago Xalitzintla and San Pedro Nexapa through Paso de Cortés.

3. Civil Protection authorities, keep your preventive procedures, in accordance with their operational plans.

4. People, be alert to the official information disseminated.

In case of ashfall, address the following recommendations:

• Cover nose and mouth with a wet handkerchief or face mask.

• Clean eyes and throat with pure water.

• Avoid contact lenses to reduce eye irritation.

• Close windows or cover them up, and stay indoors as much as possible.

Popocatepetl Volcano monitoring is performed continuously 24 hours a day. Any change in activity will be reported in due course.