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Popocatépetl Leaves Towns Covered in Ash

Towns in the State of Mexico, Puebla and neighborhoods in Mexico City have been covered in volcanic ash from the Popocatépetl since Thursday. A few US-based airlines grounded more than 40 flights as a precaution.

The dusting of ash has been more severe in towns west of the emblematic volcano, landing especially heavy in Amecameca, State of Mexico, and surrounding communities.

Popocatépetl, which in Náhuatl means “smoking mountain,” is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and has been especially active since 2000 when a strong eruption led to a mass evacuation. Volcanic activity peaked in late 2011 with almost daily exhalations since May 2012.

Popular legend says Popocatépetl, also known as Don Goyo by local villagers, is a male whose girlfriend is the neighboring Itzaccíhuatl, which translates to “white lady” in Náhuatl, a reference to its snow capped peaks which some say resembles the silhouette of a sleeping woman.

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