Volcanic Ash Closes Regional Airport In Mexico

MEXICO CITY (July 12, 2013)—The international airport in Puebla, Mexico, the country’s fourth-largest city, suspended operations Friday because of volcanic ash from the Popocatepetl volcano.

The airport is east of Mexico City and about 20 miles from the 17,886-foot volcano.

Airport spokesman Herbert Lopez Palma said Friday that the ash could pose a risk during takeoffs and landings.

Flights to several Mexican cities as well as to Dallas and Houston, Texas, use the airport.

Authorities said this week that a lava dome is growing inside the crater and could cause further eruptions.

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