Mexico Volcano Spitting Ash Half Mile Up
August 31, 2011

Mexico Volcano Spitting Ash Half Mile Up


A volcano just south of Mexico City has started shooting ash out of its crater, reports the Associated Press.

The Popocatepetl volcano spewed ash over a half mile into the sky four times on Tuesday, according to Mexico's national disaster prevention agency.

The agency is asking people to stay at least 7 miles away from the crater of this volcano.

The 17,886-foot volcano is about 40 miles south of Mexico City.


Image Caption: Popocatepetl sends a plume of volcanic ash south on January 23, 2001, with Iztaccíhuatl at right. View from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA