Mexico’s most active volcano, Popocatépetl, erupted again last Thursday, sending an ash plume nearly 20,000 feet in the air.
Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano burst to life in a spectacular gush of lava and clouds of ash.
The dramatic explosion of the active stratovolcano, a little over 40 miles southeast of Mexico City.
Officials say no one was hurt as a result of the eruption.
Still, CENAPRED has set the warning level at “yellow phase 2,” meaning there is no imminent danger. But the center is urging people not to get too close to the volcano or the crater, which is even more hazardous “due to the danger of falling ballistic fragments.”
However, because it’s so near Mexico City, many cameras were trained on it. The sunrise light on the erupting volcano was a sight to see.
Officials said the eruption sent up a column of smoke about 2 miles (3 km) into the air, with moderate ash content.
NOAA’s GOES 16 satellite caught the eruption from space.
Popocatépetl has low- or medium-level eruptions often, and at times erupts more or less continuously. It has had more than 15 major eruptions since the arrival of the Spanish in 1519, according to Wikipedia.
Popocatepetl, which means “smoking mountain” in the indigenous Nahuatl language, has not had a massive eruption in more than a millennium but has shown increased activity in the past 26 years.
The satellite also “detected sulfur dioxide in the plume,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wrote in a tweet.
The ash plume could be spotted from miles away, including in nearby cities and towns, like Puebla, Mexico. The towering column of ash and smoke was photographed drifting above the city.
Popocatépetl, known locally as El Popo, is Mexico’s most active volcano and North America’s second-highest volcano.
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