Mexican volcano Popocatepetl spits ash skyward
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A large volcano outside Mexico City erupted Monday,
spitting ash more than a mile (2 kilometers) into the air, and forecasters said
some ash could fall on eastern parts of the city.
Popocatepetl, a 17,886-foot-high volcano about 40 miles southeast of Mexico
City, spewed ash that was blown westward toward the city, according to the
National Center for the Prevention of Disasters. The center said it was possible
some eastern parts of the city would see falling ash during the day.
Officials in February expanded the recommended no-enter zone around the
volcano to four miles from three miles because of increased activity, including
the formation of a new lava dome within the crater.
The volcano has been spewing vapor, ash and rock intermittently since
December 1994 after lying largely dormant since 1927. It had been relatively
quiet over the past year, but produced minor eruptions in October and