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Volcano in central Mexico spews mile-high ash column

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Andrew V. Pestano
An eruption at Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano led officials to declare a 7-mile exclusion zone around it as falling ash could endanger people living in the immediate area. Screenshot courtesy Hotel Holiday Inn La Noria/webcamsdemexico.com
An eruption at Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano led officials to declare a 7-mile exclusion zone around it as falling ash could endanger people living in the immediate area. Screenshot courtesy Hotel Holiday Inn La Noria/webcamsdemexico.com

MEXICO CITY, March 28 (UPI) -- Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano erupted over the weekend, spewing columns of ash up to a mile high.

The most significant of the low-intensity effects occurred on Saturday and Sunday. About 20 minutes worth of tremors were felt in the region, which is southeast of Mexico City.

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Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention has warned nearby residents to avoid the area, adding that low-level to intermediate-level explosive activity is expected. Falling ash may affect nearby towns.

The volcano is in the states of Puebla and Morelos, 43 miles southeast of Mexico City.

A 7-mile exclusion zone has been declared around the volcano, which was relatively quiet Monday.

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