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Beware: Mexico’s Back-to-Back Earthquakes Have Awoken the Ancient and Powerful Popocatépetl Volanco

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Mexico is reeling from another earthquake, the second in three days. This morning residents of Oaxaca awoke to tremors and earthquake alarms from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake. This second quake like the first was strong enough for residents of Mexico City, 200 miles away to feel.

The state of Oaxaca was also hit with a 7.2 magnitude earthquake last Friday, close to the resort area of Puerto Escondido. There were no reported deaths from the double quakes but nearly one million homes and businesses remain in the dark without power.

Mexicans are now bracing from the wrath of the powerful Popocatépetl volcano near Mexico City. The ancient stratovolcano volcano has been erupting all weekend and spewing ash and gases into the air. This volcano, located 43 miles outside of Mexico City, is the second highest in the country. The nearly 750,000 year-old conical volcano has had 15 major and deadly eruptions since the 16th century.

Residents near Popocatépetl, whose Aztec name means “smoky mountain” have been warned to stay away from the area and watch for falling debris and landslides, no evacuation notice has been given yet.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has activated the country’s national civil protection system to monitor volcanic activity.

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