(pronounced poh-poh-kah-TEH-peh-til), is the second highest volcano
in Mexico and is a giant stratovolcano.
volcano outside Mexico City erupted in a Strombolian
style. The eruption of the 17,886-foot mountain was its biggest
show in 1,200 years, when the mountain known locally as "Popo''
filled nearby valleys with [lava].
lies 47 miles from Mexico City and the capital's suburbs, which
are home to 18 million people.
19th December 2000.
is located along the Pacific RIng
volcanoes name means means ``smoking mountain'' in the Nahuatl
Indian language. The Nahua Indians have long lived on the flanks
of the volcano.
people were evacuated from villages near the mountain to government
warned that a major eruption of lava or intense spewing of hot
debris could possibly melt the ice cap around the crater and send
devastating mud flows or lahars
that might wipe out entire villages.