Saturday, 4 June 2011

Mexican volcano rumbles


The Popocatepetl Volcano spews a cloud of ash and steam as seen from Puebla, Mexico, June 3, 2011. The Mexico's tallest volcano released a column of ash that reached three kilometers in height, but the prospect of an eruption remains remote, Mexican civil protection officials said. (Xinhua/Rafael Murillo)

MEXICO CITY, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Mexico's tallest volcano released a column of ash that reached three kilometers in height, but the prospect of an eruption remains remote, Mexican civil protection officials said.

The Popocatepetl Volcano, located approximately 70 kilometers southeast of Mexico City, has made five exhalations since 11 a.m. on Thursday, releasing columns of steam and ash. The ash was expected to fall onto the city of Puebla.

Civil protection officials have maintained the same alert level for the 5,426-meter Popocatepetl, urging people to stay away from the crater.

Popocatepetl, the second-tallest peak in Mexico, poses no risk to nearby Mexico City, although some smaller communities near the volcano have been evacuated in recent years.