Week in Photos: Arrow Pierces Head, Dragon Burns, More

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Puebla, Mexico, January 28, 2008A gauzy column of smoke and ash glows in the evening light, as the volcano Popocatepetl rumbles to life.

The volcano is situated some 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City. Erupting irregularly since 1994, the peak has long been an uneasy fixture for nearby residents.

Its most recent release of gas and steam, however, posed no threat to locals, authorities said. Indeed, the five-mile (eight-kilometer) plume made for a quite a spectacle.

"Judging by the altitude, it is the biggest smoke cloud we've seen in the past seven years," local emergency official Ramon Pena told AFP news service.

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