facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Mexico raises volcano alert level

April 17, 2012 at 1:54 PM   |   Comments

MEXICO CITY, April 17 (UPI) -- Mexico Tuesday advised residents of Puebla state to take further precautions as the Popocatepetl volcano continued to show ominous signs of life.

A Yellow Level 3 alert was posted for the area around the volcano Tuesday, meaning there was a intermediate or high probability of a violent eruption, which would range from an ash cloud to a possible explosion.

Schools were shut down in the area and residents were advised to stay inside and keep their windows closed to keep out the moderate amounts of ash that have been escaping from the mountain, CNN said.

Puebla state officials earlier evacuated a 7-kilometer (4.3 mile) perimeter around the mountain.

Scientists monitoring the volcano said Tuesday they saw glowing lava inside the crater overnight and recorded a 40-minute tremor.

Popocatepetl, known as Popo, is located not far from Mexico City and has not experienced a major eruption since 2000.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Ukraine's new military doctrine on fast track for approval, says prime minister Ukraine's new military doctrine on fast track for approval, says prime minister
2
Texas driver allegedly kills girlfriend while in middle of a sex act Texas driver allegedly kills girlfriend while in middle of a sex act
3
Nikki Haley lead down to 10 points in S.C. re-election Nikki Haley lead down to 10 points in S.C. re-election
4
Joran van der Sloot is now a father Joran van der Sloot is now a father
5
Pakistani leader intimately connected to IS Pakistani leader intimately connected to IS
Trending News
x
Feedback