March 13, 1999
Volcano near Mexico City spouts ash

                  MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City has
                  again spouted plumes of ash and water vapor, civil defense authorities

                  The activity on Friday followed an explosion late Thursday that sent ash
                  falling on the city of Puebla, 65 miles east of Mexico City, the National
                  Center for Disaster Prevention reported.

                  More light ash showers were likely to fall from Friday's explosions, the
                  center said.

                  The 18,000-foot volcano is located just 50 miles southeast of Mexico City.
                  The biggest of Friday's exhalations lasted about 11 minutes, authorities said.

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