The volcanic activity of Popocatépetl has raised concerns among both the authorities and the population. One of the main effects of this natural phenomenon is the fall of ash in some municipalities and with weather conditions, they can cause so-called acid rain.
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This phenomenon is formed due to the interaction between gases and volcanic ash. According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), when these substances come into contact with moisture in the air, they can cause storms that can cause prolonged eye irritation, damage to essential agricultural equipment and Can oxidize metals in a short time. ,
Gases that play a key role in acid rain, sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide are key elements that can make the problem worse during volcanic eruptions. According to information provided by the agency, these substances are toxic to people, agriculture and animals.
How can we protect ourselves from ash and acid rain?
N95 masks and goggles can reduce the injury that ash can cause to the respiratory system. They are also useful when there is acid rain, as they protect the eyes and eyelids. It is important to note that the use of drinking water should be moderate, limiting it only to washing the body.
In relation to vulnerable populations, PAHO refers to people with respiratory conditions and chronic lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, pneumonia and bronchitis. The gases emanating from the volcano can worsen the health condition of the people who are continuously suffering from any complication.
Other recommendations of PAHO are addressed to water providers. Advised to cover deposits, maximize quality standards and temporarily restrict agricultural, industrial, commercial and recreational uses until adequate supplies for homes and shelters can be guaranteed in the event of acid rain Can
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