Mexico City Volcano Spews Ash Cloud

Popocatepetl isn't in danger of erupting, however
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 3, 2011 4:05 PM CDT
A large plume of ash rises from the Popocatepetl volcano as seen from the highway to Atlixco, Mexico, Friday.   (STR)

(Newser) – The Popocatepetl volcano that towers over Mexico City began rumbling again today, shooting a blast of ash about 2 miles above its crater at dawn. The 17,886-foot mountain, nicknamed "Popo," shook for several minutes before the ash burst out. People were urged to stay at least 7 miles from the crater, which is about 40 miles southeast of Mexico's capital. The volcano is thought to be stable, but this is the biggest such cloud in several years.

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