Volcano near Mexico City lets off steam
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Popocatepetl Volcano near Mexico City let
off steam Friday and showed a slight increase in seismic activity, the
National Center for Disaster Prevention reported.
Authorities said the "yellow alert" signaling caution remained in effect
urged people to keep at least 4 1/2 miles (7 kms) away from the crater, the
Notimex news agency said.
The National System for Civil Protection said the volcano had emitted
several small "exhalations" which sent up steam, gas and small amounts of
ash. One burst early Friday sent up a vapor plume some 2,000 feet (600
meters) above the volcano's peak.
The 18,000-foot volcano is located just 50 miles (80 kms) southeast of
Popocatepetl has been spitting vapor, ash and rock intermittently since
December 1994, after lying largely dormant since 1927. Some 300,000
people live on its slopes and tens of millions live within view of it.