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Popocatepetl volcano lives up to its name meaning 'smoking mountain'

A plume of ash and steam rise from the Popocatepetl volcano overshadowing the Catholic church 'Nuestra Señora de los Remedios' or 'Our Lady of Remedies' in Cholula, Mexico, April 22.
A plume of ash and steam rise from the Popocatepetl volcano overshadowing the Catholic church 'Nuestra Señora de los Remedios' or 'Our Lady of Remedies' in Cholula, Mexico, April 22.Marco Ugarte / AP

Popo, as the volcano is commonly known, has put out small eruptions of ash almost daily since a round of eruptive activity began in 1994. A week ago, the eruptions started growing larger.

From OurAmazingPlanet staff:

Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano, which lies only about 40 miles away from Mexico City, dusted nearby areas with ash this week in one of its largest explosions in recent years. The eruption, combined with a billowing plume of steam and ash and increased seismic activity, has prompted authorities to raise the volcano's alert status and advise people to stay at least seven miles away from the summit.

The eruption covered about 30 communities with ash, ranging from a light dusting to up to 7 centimeters (2.8 inches), according to Wired's Eruptions Blog.

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