Popocatépetl Volcano Eruption Covers Mexico City In Ash [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on July 12, 2013 10:32 AM EDT

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The Popocatépetl volcano, east of Mexico City, has been active recently, spewing ash and steam into the air and coating the surrounding area with ash. (Photo: Reuters)

The Popocatépetl volcano east of Mexico City has continued to spew ash and steam into the air, in what has turned out to be a very busy season for the volcano. The steam and ash erupted by the Popocatépetl volcano reached up to two miles high.

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The Popocatépetl volcano has let out 100 bursts of steam and gas within 24 hours, said CENAPRAD, Mexico's National Disaster Prevention Center. The alert level for Popocatépetl volcano is at "yellow," the third-highest level of warning on a 7-step scale.

Ash from the Popocatépetl volcano has been blowing into Mexico City, coating cars and windows with volcanic dust. In more rural areas near the Popocatépetl volcano, residents have been contending with more than the dust just being a nuisance.

"The ash affects us a lot, because we get our water from the snow melt from Popocatépetl, and right now we can't use the water for bathing, for cooking, we can't even give it to our animals," said Agustina Perez Gutierrez, a housewife who lives about 9 miles from the Popocatépetl volcano.

Last week, the Popocatépetl volcano's ash stream caused the cancellation of flights into Mexico City.

The Popocatépetl volcano, named after the Aztec word for "smoking mountain," is one of Mexico's most active volcanos. While the last major eruption occurred in 1947, Popocatépetl volcano has erupted several times since 1994, spewing ash almost every day.

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