Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano spectacularly erupts, spewing lava & ash (VIDEO)
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.
4- las explosiones de los días pasados destruyeron el domo de lava. pic.twitter.com/mk8BL676B9— Volcán Popocatépetl (@Popocatepetl_MX) April 3, 2016
A large dome of lava, formed in January, was destroyed during the recent explosions, leaving a new inner crater in its place.
5- en el lugar donde se formó el domo ahora queda un cráter interno de 325 m de diámetro por 50 de profundidad. pic.twitter.com/KW5wlZjsiO— Volcán Popocatépetl (@Popocatepetl_MX) April 3, 2016
Rocks were also swept into the sky to an altitude of 3,500 meters (11,483ft).
Ceniza de la explosión de las 18:37 h sobre el cielo de Puebla, Pue. pic.twitter.com/bzGoaRtLxQ— Volcán Popocatépetl (@Popocatepetl_MX) April 5, 2016
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).