Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mexico Popocatepetl volcano: Officials prepare evacuation routes as volcano rumbles

Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano has blown steam for days, prompting authorities to prepare for possible evacuations, but residents are used to their towering neighbor’s rumblings and keep going to work without fear.

Popocatepetl, which means “smoking mountain” in the Nahuatl language of the Aztecs, spewed more steam, gas and ash that rose three kilometers (two miles) above the crater on Tuesday, according to the National Disaster Prevention Center.

The volcano, which is 55 kilometers (34 miles) southeast of Mexico City, has also rumbled and spewed molten rocks in recent days. Last week, it covered several towns in ash, including the capital of the state of Puebla.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/05/14/officials-prepare-evacuation-routes-as-mexicos-popocatepetl-volcano-rumbles/