Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano spectacularly erupts, spewing lava & ash (VIDEO)

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A video has emerged of the spectacular eruption of Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano, Sunday, showcasing the explosion as it lit up the night sky, throwing lava and ash high into the air.

The Popocatepetl volcano, located in central Mexico, erupted at 20:31 p.m. local time, with smoke and ash rising to a height of 2,000 meters (6,562ft), according to Mexico’s National Disaster Prevention Center.

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A large dome of lava, formed in January, was destroyed during the recent explosions, leaving a new inner crater in its place.

Rocks were also swept into the sky to an altitude of 3,500 meters (11,483ft).

Popocatepetl, also known as “Don Goyo”, located about 80km (50 miles) southeast of Mexico City, is one of the country's most-active volcanoes, erupting 15 times since records began.

Situated in the eastern half of the Trans-Mexican volcanic belt, the volcano is the second highest peak in Mexico, standing at more than 5,181 meters (17,000ft).

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Posted by RT Play on Monday, 4 April 2016