Mexico volcano eruption disrupts air travel (+video)
Mexico volcano eruption caused flights in and out of Mexico City's airport to be cancelled Friday. The Mexico volcano eruption spewed a mile-high plume of ash that drifted over large parts of Mexico City, making it dangerous for air travel.
Alaska Airlines, United, Delta and AirTran canceled about a dozen flights, fewer than the number on Thursday, said Jorge Gomez, spokesman for¬†Mexico¬†City International Airport.
He noted that the airlines made the decision, and said normal operations continued at the airport without restrictions. No ash has fallen at the airport, Gomez said, though dust particles have been detected from thevolcano¬†that is about 40 miles (65 kilometers) away.
At least six U.S. airlines canceled more than 40 flights on Thursday as the¬†volcano¬†spewed a mile-high (1.5 kilometer-high) plume of ash that drifted over large parts of¬†Mexico¬†City. The¬†volcano¬†also spewed a hot shower of glowing rock around its crater.
Mexico's¬†National Center for Disaster Prevention reported that there had been 99 tremors and exhalations of medium and high frequency from the¬†volcano¬†on Friday afternoon.
Activity has increased this week from the¬†volcano¬†that towers more than 15,000 feet (5,450 meters) high in central¬†Mexico¬†where the states of¬†Mexico, Puebla and Morelos meet.
Ash has fallen on towns at the¬†volcano's¬†base and as far away as some neighborhoods in¬†Mexico¬†City.
The Environment Ministry called on residents to take preventive measures Friday against the falling ash, including wearing dust masks, covering water supplies and staying indoors as needed.