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29 Nov 2019 | 07:21 AM UTC

Mexico: Eruption at Popocatepetl volcano forces flight diversion November 29

Volcanic ashes reported at Popocatepetl volcano prompting flight diversion on November 29; additional flight disruptions expected

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Event

Volcanic activity at the Popocatepetl volcano, located near Mexico City, prompted flight diversions on Friday, November 29, as volcanic ash particles can destroy engines and impact pilots' visibility. According to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC), a volcanic ash column rose up to estimated 6400 meters (21,000 feet).

Further eruptions are possible in the coming hours and days, potentially resulting in flight delays and cancelations.

Advice

Individuals present in the affected area are advised to avoid the vicinity of the volcano, monitor the situation, adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders), and wear respiratory masks and covering clothing to protect skin from ashfall. Individuals traveling to/out of Mexico are advised to anticipate flight disruptions.