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Ready to Blow? Mexico Volcano Rumbles

•, by AFP
THE GIST Popocatepetl is rumbling continuously, spewing gas and glowing rocks. The volcano, located 34 miles from Mexico City, has a long history of activity. Concerns are growing for further eruptions that could dump huge quantities of ash over one of the world's largest metropolitan areas.

Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano has rumbled continuously and spewed gases and glowing rocks to almost one mile (one kilometer) beyond its crater, authorities said Friday.

Popocatepetl is located about 34 miles (55 kilometers) east of the capital, Mexico City. More than 30 million people live within sight of the volcano.

In an increase of activity the volcano registered "62 expulsions of medium intensity, with the emission of water vapor, gas, ashes and glowing rocks," between Thursday night and Friday, said a statement from the National Center of Disaster Prevention.

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