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Popocatepetl Volcano Awakens, Leaving Mexico Cities on Edge
A volcano which has been dormant for almost 11 years has begun spewing ash as Mexico City and Puebla fear the worst.
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Birds fly in the foreground as a plume of ash and steam rise from Popocatepetl volcano as seen from San Andres Cholula, Mexico, Wednesday April 18, 2012. Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano is continuing to spout gases and hot rock fragments and it is dusting towns on its flanks with volcanic ash. (AP Photo)
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The Popocatepetl volcano spews rocks and ash early December 19, 2000 in central Mexico. Centuries after its last catastrophic eruption, the volcano is showing signs of activity and has forced the evacuation of people from villages nearby. (Photo by Susana Gonzalez/Newsmakers)

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The Popocatepetl volcano spews rocks and ash early December 19, 2000 in central Mexico. Centuries after its last catastrophic eruption, the volcano is showing signs of activity and has forced the evacuation of people from villages nearby. (Photo by Susana Gonzalez/Newsmakers)

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A local farmer in Santiago Xanizintla, Mexico looks at an eruption of the Popocatepetl volcano just 13 kilometers away, December 15, 2000. (Photo by Susana Gonzalez/Newsmakers)

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A plume of ash and steam rises from Popocatepetl volcano as seen from San Nicolas, Mexico, Friday, April 20, 2012. Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano is continuing to spout gases and hot rock fragments and it is dusting towns on its flanks with volcanic ash. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
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A plume of ash and steam rises from Popocatepetl volcano as seen from San Nicolas, Mexico, Friday, April 20, 2012. Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano is continuing to spout gases and hot rock fragments and it is dusting towns on its flanks with volcanic ash. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
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A plume of ash and steam rises from Popocatepetl volcano as seen from San Nicolas, Mexico, Friday, April 20, 2012. Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano is continuing to spout gases and hot rock fragments and it is dusting towns on its flanks with volcanic ash. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
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A plume of ash and steam rise from Popocatepetl volcano seen from San Andres Cholula, Mexico, Wednesday April 18, 2012. Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano is continuing to spout gases and hot rock fragments and it is dusting towns on its flanks with volcanic ash. (AP Photo)
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Smoke and ash pour from the Mexican volcano Popocatepetl December 18, 2000 as seen from San Nicolas, Mexico. The volcano, located about 60 km from Mexico City, could become more active in coming days. (Photo by Susana Gonzalez/Liaison)

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Smoke billows from the Popocatepetl volcano November 6, 2000 behind the town of Puebla, Mexico. The increased volcanic activity caused the Popocatepetl prevention center to raise a yellow flag to indicate the level of alert regarding the volcano. If the alert is upgraded again, this time to a red flag, the population of the village will be evacuated by the army. (Photo by Susana Gonzalez/Newsmakers)

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A yellow flag flies in the foreground near the base of the Popocatepetl volcano November 6, 2000 in Puebla, Mexico as an indication of an increased state of alert regarding the activity of the volcano. The yellow flag was put up one day earlier, and if the flag next moves to red, the population of the village would be evacuated by the army. (Photo by Susana Gonzalez/Newsmakers)

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52 year old Gualupe Contla, a local farmer in Santiago Xanizintla, carries a load of corn to be cleaned after its exposure to volcanic ash from the Popocatepetl volcano eruption just 13 kilometers away, December 15, 2000. (Photo by Susana Gonzalez/Newsmakers)

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The Popocatepetl volcano eruption viewed from just 13 kilometers away in a neighboring village of Santiago Xanizintla, Mexico, December 15, 2000. (Photo by Susana Gonzalez/Newsmakers)

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A flock of birds flies in front of an old Spanish church in the shadow of the Popocatepetl volcano December 21, 2000 in Cholula, Mexico. The volcano, located some 40 miles outside of Mexico City, grew calm after two days of eruptions, but officials remain on high alert. (Photo by Susana Gonzalez/Newsmakers)

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A bird flies in front of the Popocatepetl volcano December 21, 2000 in Cholula, Mexico. The volcano, located some 40 miles outside of Mexico City, grew calm after two days of eruptions, but officials remain on high alert. (Photo by Susana Gonzalez/Newsmakers)

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An aerial view of the crater of the Mexican volcano Popocatepetl taken by CENAPRED (The National Center of Prevention of Disasters) January 8, 2000 in Mexico. Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano, located some 40 miles east of Mexico City, unleashed its most violent eruption December 18, 2000 forcing nearby residents to vacate from their homes over Christmas. Residents were allowed to return home following the emergency evacuation but remain on alert. (Photo by Susana Gonzalez/Newsmakers)

Popocatepetl Volcano Awakens, Leaving Mexico Cities on Edge

A volcano which has been dormant for almost 11 years has begun spewing ash as Mexico City and Puebla fear the worst.

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