Popocatepetl Volcano Ash Grounds Mexico City Flights


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Last month, the Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico began erupting, spewing ash and steam into the air. The volcano this week began acting up again, causing flights in nearby Mexico City to be cancelled. Mexican authorities have also cordoned off a 7-miles radius around the volcano.

According to an Associated Press report, U.S. airlines including U.S. Airways, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines, and Alaska Airlines have cancelled at least 47 flights out of and bound for the Mexico City and Toluca airports on Thursday. Mexico City is around 40 miles north of Popocatepetl, and no ash has yet reached the city. A spokesperson for the Mexico City airport stated that the airport is still operating, despite the cancellations.

Popocatepetl last erupted in 2000, forcing thousands of Mexicans living in nearby towns to evacuate. The volcano also became active in April of last year, raising alerts as officials prepared for evacuations.

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(via Associated Press)