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Mexico volcano registers more seismic activity

Wednesday - 5/15/2013, 9:08pm  ET

Lava flows from the Popocatepetl volcano after an eruption, seen from Tlamacas, Mexico, early Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The monitoring system of Popocatepetl volcano registered two explosions, yesterday and this early morning. Both events were accompanied by a column of gas and ash, reaching 3 km high and by the emission of incandescent fragments. Popocatepetl has put out small eruptions of ash almost daily since a round of activity began in 1994. (AP Photo/Arturo Andrade)

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Seismic activity is continuing at the Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City and authorities say they have readied shelters and identified evacuation routes in case they should be needed.

Mexico's National Disaster Prevention Center says there were two explosions at the white-capped volcano between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The center says the volcano spewed a plume of steam about a mile (1.5 kilometer) into the sky.

Authorities continue to monitor the volcano's activity but have not ordered any evacuations. Rain has been forecast for the area, however, and authorities say towns nearby could be flooded with ash mud.

Popocatepetl has put out small eruptions of ash almost daily since a round of activity began in 1994. The eruptions started strengthening two weeks ago and increased even more this weekend.


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