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    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Mexican volcano Popocatepetl spewed a cloud of black ash and lava almost 3,2 kilometres (2 miles) high into the air on Thursday, the National Disaster Prevention Centre said.

    "An eruption involving a moderate amount of ash was registered at 6:33 a.m. The pillar reached 3 kilometres into the air", the agency tweeted.

    The authorities prohibited anyone from coming closer than 12 kilometers to Popocatepetl, which means a "smoking mountain" in the language of the indigenous Aztec population.

    The active volcano is located some 30 miles southeast of Mexico City in the eastern half of the Trans-Mexican volcanic belt and poses a danger to highly populated nearby areas. It is the Central American country’s second-highest peak and the most active volcano. It is one of Mexico's most recognizable symbols.

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