Sunday, June 12, 2011

Popocatepetl Volcano Eruption near Mexico City

The Popocatepetl volcano, 60 kilometres southeast of Mexico City, on Friday erupted with a 3,000-metre-high cloud of ash. Civil protection authorities said the ash was not dangerous for the population. People were warned not to get within 12 kilometres of the volcano. The 5,400-metres-high Popocatepetl gave off ash after shaking for several minutes early Friday, and it remained to be seen whether that ash would settle in nearby towns like Amecameca, or the city of Puebla. Civil protection coordinator Laura Gurza said the volcano's activity was stable but that the cloud out was the largest 'in several years.' The Popocatepetl regularly gives off small amounts of ash and gases. Video from ThinkMexican

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