Mexico volcano eruption disrupts capital city

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 air.

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 safety reasons.

Additionally, the Puebla airport is closed to air traffic.

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