Mexico`s Popocatepetl volcano blasts tower of ash

The Popocatepetl volcano that towers over Mexico City began rumbling again Friday, shooting a blast of ash about 2 miles above its crater at dawn.

Updated: Jun 03, 2011, 23:35 PM IST

Mexico City: The Popocatepetl volcano that towers over Mexico City began rumbling again Friday, shooting a blast of ash about 2 miles (3 kilometers) above its crater at dawn.

The ash cloud drifted first to the west and then turned back east toward the city of Puebla, Mexico`s national disaster prevention agency said.

The 17,886-foot (5,450-meter) mountain shook for several minutes before the ash burst out.
The agency urged people to stay at least 7 miles (12 kilometers) from the crater, which is about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of Mexico`s capital.

Puebla state civil defense Director Jesus Morales told a local television station that the cloud "has a high ash content, but it doesn`t represent a risk."

"A little ash could fall in Puebla city," he said.

Both Morales and federal civil defense coordinator Laura Gurza warned residents in the region that they shouldn`t wet down any ash that falls before sweeping it away.

Bureau Report