Monday, August 01, 2005

Mexican volcano spits out ashes

Mexico's Popocatepetl Volcano staged two early morning eruptions Friday, sending ashes raining down on parts of southern Mexico City.

The moderate eruptions sent a column of hot ash 2.5 kilometers into the air and spat red-hot rocks up to a kilometer from the volcano, the National Disaster Prevention Center reported.

The activity at the 5,450-meter volcano, 65 kilometers southeast of the Mexican capital, posed no danger to nearby towns. Mexico City authorities told residents to avoid breathing in the ashes as they clean up.

Known as Popo, the volcano has been intermittently erupting since December 1994.

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