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July 9, 2013
Mexico volcano spits two-mile-high ash cloud

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Popocatepetl volcano just east of Mexico City has spit out a cloud of ash and vapor 2 miles (3 kilometers) high over several days of eruptions, and Mexico City residents awoke Saturday to find a fine layer of volcanic dust on their cars.

It has been years since the center of the nation's capital has seen a noticeable ash fall because prevailing winds usually blow the volcanic dust in other directions. Ash fell earlier this week in some neighborhoods on Mexico City's south and east sides.

On Thursday, at least six U.S. airlines canceled 47 flights into and out of the Mexico City and Toluca airports after the volcano spewed ash, steam and glowing rocks, airport officials said.

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The main church in the town of San Damian Texoloc, Mexico stands in front of the Popocatepetl volcano as is spews ash and vapor early Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Last Saturday, Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention raised the volcano alert from Stage 2 Yellow to Stage 3 Yellow, the final step before a Red alert, when possible evacuations could be ordered after the Popocatepetl volcano spit out a cloud of ash and vapor 2 miles (3 kilometers) high over several days of eruptions. AP / J. Guadalupe Perez
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A rainbow forms over the town of Santiago Xalizintla where the Popocatepetl volcano, behind center, is covered by clouds in Mexico, Monday, July 8, 2013. AP / Marco Ugarte
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A Stage 3 Yellow flag flies in the Paso de Cortes area near Popocatepetl volcano, behind left, in Mexico, Monday, July 8, 2013. AP / Marco Ugarte
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A plume of ash and steam rises from the Popocatepetl volcano, left, as seen from the Paso de Cortes area in Mexico, Monday, July 8, 2013. AP / Marco Ugarte
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A resident sweeps volcano ash from the Popocatepetl volcano outside a church in San Pedro Nexapa, Mexico, Mexico, Monday, July 8, 2013. "The ash affects us a lot, because we get our water from the snow melt from Popocatepetl, and right now we can't use the water for bathing, for cooking, we can't even give it to our animals," said Agustina Perez Gutierrez, a housewife in San Pedro Nexapa. " AP / Marco Ugarte
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A resident cleans volcano ash from his cornfields near the Popocatepetl volcano in San Pedro Nexapa, Mexico, Monday, July 8, 2013. AP / Marco Ugarte
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Popocatepetl volcano spews lava, ash and steam during an eruption seen from from Santiago Xalitzintla, Mexico, late Sunday, July 7, 2013. AP / Marco Ugarte
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Popocatepetl volcano spews lava, ash and steam during an eruption seen from from Santiago Xalitzintla, Mexico, late Sunday, July 7, 2013. AP / Marco Ugarte
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A plume of ash and steam rises from the Popocatepetl volcano as seen from the town of Santiago Xalizintla, Mexico, Sunday, July 7, 2013. AP / Marco Ugarte
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A plume of ash and steam rises from the Popocatepetl volcano as seen from the town of Santiago Xalizintla, Mexico, Sunday, July 7, 2013. AP / Marco Ugarte
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A plume of ash and steam rise from the Popocatepetl volcano overshadowing the Catholic church in Santiago Xalizintla, Mexico, Sunday, July 7, 2013. AP / Marco Ugarte
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Volcanic ash coats the streets and a vehicle in San Pedro Nexapa, Mexico, Saturday, July 6, 2013. AP / Arturo Andrade
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Rescue workers stand in the Paso de Cortez crossing as volcanic ash and rain fall on Saturday, July 6, 2013. AP / Dario Lopez-Mills
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A plume of ash and steam rises from the Popocatepetl volcano during a brief view from cloud cover as seen from the town of Santiago Xalizintla, Mexico, Saturday, July 6, 2013. AP / Dario Lopez-Mills
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A plume of volcanic ash rises from the Popocatepetl volcano during a brief break from ongoing cloud cover as seen in a flyover near San Mateo Ozolco, Mexico, Saturday, July 6, 2013. AP / Arturo Andrade

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