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The snow-covered Popocatepetl volcano spews a cloud of steam high into the air in Puebla...The snow-covered Popocatepetl volcano spews a cloud of steam high into the air in Puebla July 7, 2013. Mexican authorities raised the alert level for the Popocatepetl volcano on Saturday after an increased level of explosive activity belched ash over Mexico City and pushed international airlines to suspend flights.The alert level for the towering Popocatepetl volcano, located some 50 miles (80 km) to the southeast of the capital, was raised to yellow phase three from yellow phase two, Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention said in a statement. REUTERS/Imelda Medina (MEXICO - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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The snow covered Popocatepetl volcano spews a cloud of steam high into the air in Puebla, Mexico, on Sunday. Mexican authorities raised the alert level for the Popocatepetl volcano on Saturday after an increased amount of explosive activity belched ash over Mexico City and pushed international airlines to suspend flights. The alert level for the towering Popocatepetl volcano, which is 50 miles (80km) to the southeast of the capital, was raised to yellow phase three from yellow phase two, Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention said 

Smoke rises from the Popocatepetl as it spews incandescent volcanic material on the outskirts of Puebla July 4, 2013. The 5,450-metre (17,900 ft) Popocatepetl volcano has been kept on yellow phase two alert, the second-highest warning on the center's seven-step scale, according to local media.

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Smoke rises from the Popocat├ępetl volcano as it spews incandescent volcanic material on the outskirts of Puebla, Mexico on Thursday.

Lightning flashes during a thunderstorm over Monterrey

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Lightning flashes during a thunderstorm over Monterrey, Mexico

Backdropped by Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico's second highest peak just 55 km southeast of Mexico City, a farner plows the land in San Nicolas de los Ranchos, in the state of Puebla, on May 14, 2013. The National Disaster Prevention Centre (CENAPRED) raised the alert level on Sunday to "yellow phase three" as the Popocatepetl continues to spew ash and smoke.

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A farmer ploughs the land in San Nicolas de los Ranchos, in the state of Puebla, with the Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico’s second-highest peak, 55km southeast of Mexico City, in the background. The National Disaster Prevention Centre raised the alert level to ‘yellow phase three’, as the Popocatepetl continues to spew ash and smoke.

Burned cars are pictured in a highway in Ecatepec near Mexico city, on May 7, 2013. A gas tanker exploded in a Mexico City suburb on Tuesday, killing at least 18 people and damaging several homes and cars, an official said. AFP PHOTO/Victor RojasVICTOR ROJAS/AFP/Getty Images

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Burning cars are pictured in a highway in Ecatepec near Mexico city, on Tuesday. A gas tanker exploded in a Mexico City suburb on Tuesday, killing at least 18 people and damaging several homes and cars

U.S. President Obama delivers speech in Mexico City...U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Anthropology Museum during his visit to Mexico City May 3, 2013.   REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque   (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS)

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US President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Anthropology Museum during his visit to Mexico City on Friday.