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Latino Daily News

Tuesday May 15, 2012

Popocatepetl Volcano Continues to Rumble and Spew Ash a Mile High

Popocatepetl Volcano Continues to Rumble and Spew Ash a Mile High

Photo: Popocatepetl Volcano Very Active

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Popcatepetl Volcano is known in Mexico by its Spanish name Volcån Popocatépetl which means the Smoking Mountain and today the volcano is being true to its name. 

The volcano that is 43 miles southeast of Mexico City and stands 17,802 feet tall has been erupting now for close to two months and just released a large ash cloud that was a mile high.  Others put the ash cloud expulsion as high as 2.5 miles.  Mexican officials regardless of the spewing are keeping the alert level at phase two or the yellow alert level and have not ordered an evacuation. 

The Puebla airport did close for some time this past Saturday due to the ash spewing, it is the third such closing.  The most intense eruptions occurred Friday night and Saturday morning. 

Officials say there is no danger to the nearby residents in the State of Mexico in the municipality of Ecatzingo which sits only 11.8 miles from the rumbling cater. 

In total experts have recorded 15 volcanic exhalations over the weekend of different intensities.