Mexican Volcano Popocatépetl Erupts, Sends Ash Miles Into The Air

Posted: Nov 27 2016, 10:04pm CST | by , Updated: Nov 27 2016, 10:12pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

 
Mexican Volcano Popocatépetl Erupts, Sends Ash Miles into the Air
Courtesy of Luis Felipe Puente

The volcano erupted Friday morning and has been ejecting ash almost regularly ever since

A volcano in Mexico has erupted Friday, spewing a cloud of ash more than 3 miles into the sky.

Over 300 ash emissions have been recorded since the eruption has started. In wake of the persistent eruption, officials have warned locals and tourists to stay away from Popocatépetl volcano, in particular its crater. No injuries or damage has been reported after the recent eruption.

Popocatépetl, located in the about 40 miles south of Mexico City, is one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico. Popocatépetl is an Aztec world, which means smoking mountain. The volcano is 17,802 feet tall, making it second highest peak in Mexico after Citlaltépetl.

The volcano has produced powerful erutions at regular intervals in recent years. In December 1994, the volcano ejected gas and ash after remaining dormant for more than 50 years and prompted the evacuation of about 70,000 people from the nearby villages. Regular monitoring of the Popocatépetl volcano was also started that same year.

Since 2012, the increase in volcanic activity has been observed. The last time the volcano was erupted in April this year and continued till August. The eruption also led to multiple volcano tectonic earthquakes.

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