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Officials hike alert levels in regions around Popocatepetl

May 13, 2013 at 2:45 PM   |   Comments

MEXICO CITY, May 13 (UPI) -- Alert levels in the area around Popocatepetl have been raised after the volcano experienced an increase in tremors and plumes of steam, Mexican officials say.

The National Center for Disaster Prevention cited a "significant escalation" in volcanic activity in raising the alert level to Yellow Phase 3, El Universal reported Monday.

More than 2,000 soldiers have been put on standby by the National Defense Secretariat in the event people living closest to the volcano have to be evacuated.

Officials in the states of Puebla and Tlaxcala announced preparations were being made to install shelters.

Tlaxcala officials said 18 communities in the state were considered at risk.

Miguel Angle Mancera, head of the government of the Federal District in which Mexico City is located, said city officials were monitoring the volcano continuously.

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