Residents of Mexico City and the surrounding area had a bit of a scare Monday afternoon as Popocatepetl, the active volcano just to the southeast of Mexico City, blasted a column of ash over 4 km into the sky in an eruption that, according to RT.com, one resident of the area said was like a 'rocket explosion'.
As the time-lapse video shows, the abrupt explosion sent a shock wave through the surrounding clouds, throwing ash high into the sky and tossing burning fragments that set off several fires on the slopes of the volcano. The cloud of ash was blown to the northwest, possibly reaching parts of southeastern Mexico City.
Authorities with CENAPRED — Mexico's National Center for Prevention of Disasters — have the volcano on alert level 'Yellow, Phase 2', restricting access to within 12 kms of the volcano's crater and limiting access on local roads.
Popocatepetl is a fairly active volcano, going through several majorRead More »from Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano blasts huge column of ash into the sky