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Mexican volcano Popocatepetl spews large clouds of ash, vapour

Mexico City, Jul 11: Mexico's erupting Popocatepetl volcano, just east of Mexico City, on Wednesday continued to spew large clouds of ash and vapour into the sky.Local television footage showed large plumes of smoke rising

India TV News Desk Updated on: July 11, 2013 12:52 IST
mexican volcano popocatepetl spews large clouds of ash
mexican volcano popocatepetl spews large clouds of ash vapour

Mexico City, Jul 11: Mexico's erupting Popocatepetl volcano, just east of Mexico City, on Wednesday continued to spew large clouds of ash and vapour into the sky.





Local television footage showed large plumes of smoke rising from the mountain, in the state of Puebla.
The volcano has been showing an increased activity for the past week, and the alert level remains at Yellow, Phase 3.

Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano registered 39 exhalations of low to moderate magnitude during the last 24 hours, emitting water vapour, gas and ash, according to local media reports citing the National Centre for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED).

"El Popo", as it's commonly known, has emitted small eruptions of ash almost daily since a round of eruptive activity began in 1994.

There are some 25 (m) million people who live within a 60-mile (100 kilometre) radius of the volcano.

At the weekend, Mexico City residents awoke for the first time in years to find a fine layer of volcanic dust on their cars.

The prevailing winds usually blow the dust in other directions.

The volcano is about 40 miles (65 kilometres) from Mexico city airport, which is in turn a few miles east of the city's centre.

Popocatepetl means "smoking mountain'" in the indigenous Aztec language.
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