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Monday, December 05, 2005

Volcano Erupts in Mexico, Dec. 1

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Volcano erupts near Mexico City
By The Associated Press

The Popocatepetl volcano, standing 17,887 feet tall, spews a plume of ash of five three miles into the sky near Mexico City on Dec. 1, 2005. (Getty / Ronaldo Schemidt)
Mexico City - Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano sent a gritty cloud billowing into the sky outside Mexico City early today.
Officials warned nearby residents to protect themselves against the rain of ash the eruption will likely cause, and some was reported to have fallen on the town of Amecameca, in Mexico state.
The eruption sent a plume of ash almost five kilometers (three miles) into the air, and was accompanied by about 30 minutes of light seismic activity, Mexico's National Disaster Prevention Center reported.
The 17,886-foot (5,450-meter) volcano has been intermittently


erupting since December 1994.
In July, the volcano sent a column of hot ash 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) into the air and spat red-hot rocks. But it didn't threaten residents living at the volcano's base.

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