What are the most dangerous volcanoes in Mexico?

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There are more than 2,000 craters in the country, but only a few are active

In recent days, the activity of the Popocatépetl Volcano has been increasing, attracting the attention of all Mexicans, mainly residents of the state of Puebla, who have begun to take precautionary measures.

However, it is worth remembering that Don Goyo is not the only volcano considered dangerous in Mexico by the authorities.

There are more than 2,000 volcanoes in the country, of which 48 are active volcanoes and five of them are classified as very high risk by the National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED). These are:

1.- Popocatépetl, located on the borders of the state of Puebla, State of Mexico and Morelos.

2.- Colima Volcano, also called Volcán de Fuego, located in the same entity of its name.

3.- Ceboruco Volcano, in the state of Nayarit.

4.- Citlaltépetl Volcano, better known as Pico de Orizaba, located between the limits of Veracruz and Puebla.

5.- Chichón volcano in the state of Chiapas.

All of them are constantly monitored by the authorities to immediately detect any activity or change.

The Nevado de Toluca in the State of Mexico; the Volcanic Field (CV) of Michoacán-Guanajuato; Jocotitlán or Xocotépetl in the State of Mexico; Tacaná, on the border between Mexico and Guatemala; CV Serdán-Oriental; La Malinche, located between the Mexican states of Tlaxcala and Puebla; Caldera de los Humeros, in Puebla; Iztaccíhuatl, also called The Sleeping Woman, located in the limits of the State of Mexico and Puebla; CV Chichinautzin south of Mexico City and near Morelos; San Martin and CV Tuxtlas, in Veracruz, are the 10 volcanoes that are classified as high risk.

The rest of the craters that are located in Mexico do not represent a latent danger for the inhabitants, despite being on the CENAPRED list, due to the fact that their activity is minimal.

Several times a year Popocatépetl registers exhalations; however, recently they have become more intense, which has caused the National Civil Protection Coordination (CNPC) to increase its risk status from Yellow Phase 2 to Yellow Phase 3.

This means that it is possible that during this Phase “explosions of increasing intensity with the launch of incandescent fragments” may occur, ash fall in nearby towns; medium-range pyroclastic flows, as well as “rapid growth of large domes and their destruction in strong explosions.”

Under such conditions, CENAPRED recommends that the public not approach Don Goyo within a 12-kilometer radius and be attentive to the official information that is disseminated.

“A major eruption is unlikely; However, if this is the case, CENAPRED’s monitoring systems will be able to detect manifestations of highly explosive activity in advance,” the agency recalled so that the population remains calm and vigilant.

It is to remember that a outbreak can be of different forms. In some cases, the lava (molten rock) comes out slowly and causes little damage, and in other cases, it can occur as an explosion, generating a large amount of ash and gases that could be highly destructive.

Source: Infobae