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After earthquakes, Mexico volcano spews ash

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Popocatepetl volcano
Disaster   A mile into the air

The Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City has spewed a cloud of vapor with some ash about a mile into the air, but experts said it was not related to the quakes.

The 17,797-foot volcano has been periodically erupting since 1994. Saturday's emissions come shortly after three powerful quakes that together have killed more than 400 people.

Officials say the death toll from this week's magnitude 7.1 earthquake in central Mexico has climbed to 305.

Civil Defense chief Luis Felipe Puente sent out a tweet on Saturday saying 167 of those deaths were in Mexico City.

Morelos state accounted for 73, Puebla for 45, Mexico State for 13, Guerrero for six and Oaxaca for one. Rescue work is continuing four days after the quake struck.

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