Popocatepetl Volcano Erupts in Mexico City, July 4 Flights Canceled

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Friday, 05 Jul 2013 01:32 PM

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Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico City erupted, spewing ash, steam, and glowing rocks, forcing officials from six U.S. airlines to cancel 47 flights into and out of Mexico City and Toluca airports Thursday.

As a precaution to the Popocatepetl volcano eruption, Mexico City airport spokesman Jorge Gomez said U.S. Airways, Delta, United, American, and Alaska Airlines canceled the flights, according to The Associated Press.

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Despite the Popocatepetl volcano eruption, the airport is continuing to operate normally. By Thursday afternoon, no ash had reached the area, about 40 miles northwest from the volcano.

Gomez said that among the routes affected by the volcano cancelations were flights to Houston, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Chicago and Los Angeles.

At nearby Toluca airport, Spirit Airlines canceled flights from Dallas and Fort Lauderdale, said spokesman Alejandro Munoz.

The airport, about 35 miles from Mexico City, also continued to operate normally, Munoz said.

While there was no volcanic ash falling near the Mexico City airport, residents in the capital's southern neighborhoods reported seeing a light coating on their cars and homes.

Mexico City civil protection secretary Fausto Lugo said the main risk for the metropolis is people not knowing how to handle ash and how to protect potable water from getting contaminated.

"If there is an eruption, we wouldn't evacuate Mexico City," Lugo said. "For us the main risk is the handling of volcanic ashes."

Authorities registered several tremors Thursday at Popocatepetl, a 17,886-foot volcano, which has been spraying a fountain of hot rock and ash for the last 24 hours.

Federal civil protection authorities established a 7-mile safety radius around the Popocatepetl, which means no one can enter that area. They also are ensuring that no cars transit through the Paseo de Cortes, a mountain pass between the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes.

Popocatepetl sits roughly halfway between Mexico City and the city of Puebla and is an iconic backdrop to Mexico City's skyline.

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