Volcanic activity closes Puebla Airport

Ashes from Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano forced officials to close the airport in nearby Puebla for 14 hours yesterday and today to allow for cleanup of ash and rock that posed a risk to arriving and departing aircraft.

Puebla Airport reopened Wednesday afternoon. The closing caused one cancellation of a flight to Houston early Wednesday morning.

Puebla lies in the shadow of volcano, about 35 miles from Mexico City.

Since it came to life several weeks ago, the volcano has spewed gas and glowing rock and belched ash and water vapor.

Temporary shelters have opened as a precaution, and many of the locals in the area closest to the volcano are wearing face masks.

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