MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Glowing embers from Popocatepetl volcano on
the outskirts of Mexico City showered nearby villages Sunday, part of an
eruption that launched vapor and ash more than two miles into the air.
The National Center for Disaster Prevention said three early-morning
explosions inside the volcano were followed by several earth tremors.
Authorities said there was no immediate risk to the 300,000 people who
on the mountain's slopes. About 15 million people live within a 50-mile
radius of the volcano, which has been active since 1994 and regularly emits
gas and steam.
Soldiers increased patrols to keep climbers and hikers at least four miles
away from the crater of the volcano, whose name means "Smoking
Mountain" in the Aztec language.
The Mexico City government said it was setting up more than 100
temporary shelters capable of housing 53,000 people in the event that
evacuations are ordered, radio reports said.
Meanwhile, authorities monitoring the Colima volcano about 300 miles west
of Mexico City said Sunday it was still too early to allow 500 residents to
return to villages threatened by lava flows, Formato 21 radio reported.
On Saturday, the Colima volcano or Volcan de Fuego -- "The Volcano of
Fire" -- let loose a lava flow 2.5 miles long and half a mile wide, Notimex
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