Neighboring the Mexican volcano Popocatépetl, between “I’m not afraid” and “let’s go”.
“We are not afraid,” said Eufemia between the noise, the noise and the squealing of the animal in the salt near the volcano Popocatépetl, which is almost forgotten in the intensity of the colossus of central Mexico. His temperance is not rashness. Since 1994, when “Don Goyo” was revived after almost seven decades of silence, he learned that explosions, fumaroles, small earthquakes and ash fall at different times. It’s scary,” said a 65-year-old woman smiling Thursday. in the municipality of San Andrés Calpan, some 25 km from the “mountain that emits smoke” (Popocatépetl in the Nahuatl language). he is trying to sell. The market that is established every Thursday in this town in the state of Puebla, along with their birds, other traders offer horses, sheep and cattle, and also prepared food, food, clothing, fodder and accessories in this field. That beautiful model of art -Replies the Spanish. In the background, sometimes the clouds reveal the impressive “Don Goyo” with its fumarole, which the kind wind deflects to the other end of the huge piece of land where it is “tianguis”. In the last hours, the volcano recorded 19 exhalations and also tremors, a seismic signal with movement In some towns, the fall of ash has been reduced, for this reason the “yellow phase 3” vigilance is maintained, to which it was raised last Sunday after an intense ash rain, which managed to suspend, for a few hours. serving two airports in Mexico City. This previous level is very dangerous red, which forces evacuations. But Euphemia does not cross the mind to leave her house. “We have our pets, and if we leave them, thieves will use them”, he justifies in an interview with AFP. In fact, neither she nor her family left in 2000, when she ordered the eviction of some communities of 50,000 inhabitants. Near the Volcano.- Terrified – The crowd that goes to the market ignores the action of the colossus, more occupied with accommodating the animals or closing the sale. he expresses wisely as he tries to convince any two pigs he carries in two trucks. “Give me a good will of 5,000 (or about $250) to eat a taco,” he urges customers, who respond that they want to. think and perhaps they will return later. “Yes, the Volcano is affected, people don’t want to leave, they are scared, they are scared, they are even under sale. Today I sold only three pigs. Imagine! There are not many there,” said De los Santos resigned. Unlike many mountain dwellers who don’t even want to imagine eviction, this one already has a red alert plan in place. If there is any contingency, just grab the bags and let’s go,” he said, explaining that he had already released the most important documents. A few men and ash gave clothes, but with masks and vital signs outside the municipal palace.