Mexico volcano eruption

Time lapse video shows the Popcatepetl volcano in Mexico erupting in a dramatic show of ash, water vapour and gas.

(WEBCAMSDEMEXICO.COM) – Mexico’s majestic Popocatepetl volcano erupted early on Tuesday (November 29), in a dramatic show of ash, water vapour and gas.

The dramatic eruption at 5:58 am local time (1158 GMT) spewed ash over the nearby city of Puebla, causing the local airport to halt operations from dawn until 2:00 pm local time (2000 GMT), said Mexico’s disaster relief body CENAPRED in a news release.

According to CENAPRED, the ash cloud rose 500 metres (1,640 feet) over the crater towards the north- northwest. A yellow phase two alert has been declared for the area. It is the second-highest warning on the centre’s seven-step scale.

Authorities are encouraging residents to take preventative measures.

At the beginning of the eruption, incandescent fragments were seen falling on the eastern slopes of the volcano, reaching a distance of 300 metres (984 feet).

Ash reportedly fell in the towns of Atlixco, Chiautzingo, Domingo Arenas, Huejotzingo, Juan C. Bonilla, San Andres Calpan and San Martin Texmelucan, in the state of Puebla and in San Miguel del Milagro in the state of Tlaxcala.

Popocatepetl has been active since the mid-1990s but some significant eruptions this year have rocked communities living under the volcano’s shadow, with ash blanketing nearby towns and authorities on stand-by for possible evacuation.