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Popocatepetl blows top

The Popocatepetl volcano outside Mexico City has spewed glowing rock and dumped a dusting of ash over nearby towns.

Mexico's national disaster prevention agency says the volcano east of the capital sent a column of ash three kilometres into the air.

Incandescent rocks landed more than two km down the volcano's slope late Tuesday. The civil defence agency in Puebla state also reported ash fall in towns northeast of the peak.

Some 25 million people live within 100 km of the crater of the 5,426-metre strato-volcano.

Popocatepetl has been erupting periodically since 1994.



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