Monday, May 13, 2013

Mexico On Alert As Popocatepetl Spews Steam

Seismic activity has increased at Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City, causing authorities to impose a seven-mile exclusion zone around the crater.

Mexico's National Disaster Prevention Centre said the 17,886ft white-capped volcano spewed a plume of steam more than half a mile into the sky and over the weekend lava was thrown out over the crater.

The government has sent soldiers and police to the area in the event of a bigger eruption, with the authorities in towns in two central states placed on alert.

Shelters have been prepared in the states of Mexico and Puebla.