MEXICO CITY -- The Mexican capital remains in a state of high alert
as Popocatepetl volcano, which sits 40 miles southeast of the
capital city, erupted Monday night, spewing hot rocks and ash into
The villages nearest the volcano, about four miles away, were
evacuated. Residents of the capital are unaffected.
Officials at the National Center for Disaster Protection said
that although the volcano had quieted down Tuesday, they could not
rule out that it would erupt again at any moment.
Some 55 airlines were still operating normally to Mexico City,
according to national television.
However, according to published reports, at least seven United
flights to the capital were canceled by the airline on Dec. 20 for
Additionally, the Puebla airport is closed to air traffic.