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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Popocatepetl volcano spews ash over Mexico City

Published 01/08/2016 | 15:11

Mexico City residents awoke to cars coated in a light dusting of ash
Mexico City residents awoke to cars coated in a light dusting of ash

The Popocatepetl volcano has spewed ash over Mexico City and neighbouring areas, Mexico's national disaster prevention agency said.

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The volcano erupted for about nine hours, until 3am local time, the agency said.

Mexico City residents awoke to cars coated in a light dusting of ash.

The disaster agency's monitoring cameras showed glowing rocks from the volcano's crater landing more than half a mile (1,000 metres) down its slope.

About 25 million people live within 62 miles (100km) of the crater of the 17,797ft (5,426-metre) stratovolcano.

It has been periodically erupting since 1994.

AP

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