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Mexican volcano spews out smoke, ash

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Mexico City (dpa) - Mexico's Popocateptl volcano spewed out smoke and ash Tuesday that reached 3,000 metres above the crater's base.

Residents in Mexico City, 70 kilometres southwest of the volcano, could see a white plume of smoke stretching above Popocateptl's peak, which is 5,452 metres high.

Popocateptl, about 700,000 years old, became active again in December 1994. Since then, an alert code system for inhabited areas around the volcano has remained at yellow, which means restricted access. dpa am ls

AP-NY-12-18-01 1727EST

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