Article Photos: Mexico volcano spits 2 mile-high ash cloud 1/5

A plume of ash and steam rises from the Popocatepetl volcano during a brief view from cloud cover as seen from the town of Santiago Xalizintla, Mexico, Saturday, July 6, 2013. Just east of Mexico City, the volcano has spit out a cloud of ash and vapor 2 miles (3 kilometers) high over several days of eruptions. Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention raised the volcano alert from Stage 2 Yellow to Stage 3 Yellow, the final step before a Red alert, when possible evacuations could be ordered. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)