Volcano explosions mark end of 2014 in Mexico
Thursday, January 1, 2015, 8:43 AM - People living near the Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico had an explosive New Year's celebration.
The volcano had almost 30 eruptions in less than 24 hours, according to the latest update.
People within 10 km have been asked by Mexican officials to evacuate their homes
The Centre for Disaster Prevention released a press release on Wednesday where they said that the volcano had erupted 28 times and released smoke more than 450 times. At least five strong tremors were also felt in the area.
Hoy el Volcán Popocatepetl ha registrado 77 exhalaciones y 10 explosiones, hay caida de ceniza en Puebla, AmarilloF2 pic.twitter.com/Wcvevw3vj6— David Cuéllar-Monter (@CuellarMonteroD) December 30, 2014
During the eruptions, high-temperature debris were sent flying in a 3 km radius.
The area is at an intermediate alert level, known locally as yellow alert.
Along with the eruptions a three-and-a-half-kilometres-high column of ash, steam and gas spewed into the sky.
The wind carried the ash cloud to the nearby cities including Puebla.
What to do if there's ash in the vicinity.
Local officials tweeted out advice for any community hit with an ash cloud. Covering nose and mouth with a wet cloth was at the top of the list. They also suggested rising eyes with "pure" water and to avoid using contact lenses.
Finally, they said that windows and doors should remain closed and all residents should try to stay inside their homes for the duration of the event.
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