Volcano outside Mexico City spews ash
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A large volcano outside Mexico City erupted Friday
night, spitting ash more than a mile into the air.
Popocatepetl, a 17,886-foot-high volcano about 40 miles southeast of Mexico
City, spewed ash for about six minutes, shortly after 8 p.m.. The ash was blown
northward but did not fall over any major population centers, according to the
National Center for the Prevention of Disasters.
Soon after the eruption, the activity decreased and the volcano emitted
reported exhalation for about 15 minutes before stabilizing, the center said.
The volcano has been spewing vapor, ash and rock intermittently since
December 1994 after lying largely dormant since 1927.