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Alert as Mexican volcano spewing ash, vapor, and rock
By Cherice Chen
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2012-04-20 11:20 AM
A volcano some 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of Mexico City has been throwing out ash and rocks this week.

Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano continued to hurl hot rock fragments into the air early Thursday and officials warn more and bigger outbursts are likely.

Popocatepetl is one of Mexico’s most active volcanoes. It erupted in 2000 and forced an evacuation of 50,000 people.

For now, the Mexican National Center of Disaster Prevention has put out a yellow alert (their third highest warning) for the volcano. People are being asked to stay at least 12 km away. Locals in towns where the ash is falling are being told to cover their mouths to avoid inhaling ash.

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