VIDEO: Ash Covers Mexico City after Volcano Activity

Tue Aug 2, 2016 10:41:54

Mexico's national disaster prevention agency says the Popocatepetl volcano has stopped spewing ash over Mexico City and neighboring areas after about nine hours of eruptions.

The agency said Monday that ash stopped falling on a swathe of the capital around 3 a.m. (0800 GMT).

The activity began late Sunday afternoon. Mexico City residents awoke Monday to cars coated in a light dusting of ash.

Sunday night winds were carrying water vapor, gas and ash in a west-northwesterly direction.

The agency's monitoring cameras showed glowing rocks shot from the volcano's crater landing more than a half-mile (1,000 meters) down its slope.

About 25 million people live within 62 miles (100 kilometers) from the crater of the 17,797-foot (5,426-metre) stratovolcano.

It's been periodically erupting since 1994.

S/SH 11

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