Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Residents were evacuated following display of activity from Mexican volcano

Mexico s National Center for Disaster Prevention informed Monday that over the past 24 hours the Popocatepetl Volcano spewed 11 low-intensity emissions accompanied by water vapor, gas and small amounts of ash.

The Center is monitoring the volcano s activity to detect any change and has issued a phase-two warning, restricting the presence of people in the zone.

Traffic is being controlled and people were advised to stay informed of any official communiqué on the condition of the volcano, which is in the state of Puebla, near the Mexican capital.

According to experts, 18 strong eruptions have been reported in Popocatepetl, one of Mexico s most active volcanoes since 1354.

The last violent eruption took place in December 2000, when thousands of people near the mountain were evacuated.

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