Mexico's Puebla Airport reopened after Popocatépetl volcano ash cleanup

By Andrew V. Pestano  |  Dec. 1, 2016 at 10:54 AM
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PUEBLA, Mexico, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Mexico's Airports and Auxiliary Services on Thursday said the Puebla International Airport reopened after it was closed for most of Wednesday due to falling ash from the Popocatépetl volcano.

"After the removal of volcanic ash, the Puebla International Airport has been reopened to operations," Airports and Auxiliary Services said in a statement.

Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention, or CENAPRED, on Wednesday said the Popocatépetl volcano had a constant emission of water vapor, gases, ash and lava fragments that lasted from about 9 p.m. on Tuesday until about 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

CENAPRED said the ash column reached a height of 1 mile, while lava fragments were found more than half a mile away from the crater of the volcano's northeast slope.

The ash cloud and its debris prompted officials to close and clean the Puebla International Airport before 7 a.m. on Wednesday. Popocatépetl is about 43 miles southeast of Mexico City.

CENAPRED in March raised the environmental alert level to the second degree out of three, meaning nearby residents should be prepared to evacuate.

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