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February 26, 2015
Volcanic ash forces Mexican airport closure
Puebla, Mexico (AFP) Feb 25, 2015
Volcanic ash rained down on the runway of the Puebla airport in central Mexico, forcing the facility to close on Wednesday and disrupting some US and domestic flights. The Popocatepetl volcano began rumbling and exploding on Tuesday, spewing a column of ash and ejecting white hot rock as far as 700 meters (yards) from its crater, according to the National Disaster Prevention Center. "The communities remain calm and the Popocatepetl is permanently monitored," Jesus Morales, civil protection chief ... read more

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Guatemala 'fire volcano' eruption subsides
Guatemala's Fuego volcano calmed down Sunday after an eruption blanketed nearby towns in ash, the nation's volcano monitor reported. ... more
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