WATCH: A volcano 40 miles outside Mexico City erupted with a massive gush of lava, spewing ash almost 20,000 feet in the air
The most active volcano in Mexico erupted on Thursday in a stunning visual display of fiery lava and drifting ash that rose nearly 20,000 feet in the air.
NPR reports that the stratovolcano, Popocatépetl, is a little over 40 miles southeast of Mexico City. No one was injured by the blast, but Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) warned people to stay away from the site of the eruption. The explosion was captured by CENAPRED in a recording that shows both the lava erupting from the mouth of the volcano and the ash clouds afterward. At 17,700 feet, Popocatépetl is North America's second-highest volcano and is monitored 24 hours a day by more than 20 specialized devices. It also erupted twice in July. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
Mexico's most active volcano, Popocatépetl, erupted again on Thursday, sending an ash plume nearly 20,000 feet in the air. The fiery lava explosion was also caught on camera by Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED), and the 43-second clip shows off the dramatic natural phenomenon.
NPR reports that no one was injured by the blast from the stratovolcano, which occurred a little over 40 miles southeast of Mexico City. But CENAPRED set the warning level at "yellow phase 2," meaning there's no imminent danger but people should stay away from the volcano and its crater. The ash plume could be spotted from miles away, including in nearby cities and towns, like Puebla, Mexico. The towering column of ash and smoke was photographed drifting above the city.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also captured the volcano and its staggering ash plume with satellites that detected sulfur dioxide and isolated the cloud on video for a stunning visual.
#GOESEast recorded the #eruption of #Mexico's #Popocatépetl #volcano this morning (which spewed an #AshCloud ~20,000 feet into the air) via its #GeoColor band. It also detected #SulfurDioxide in the #plume, as shown in the second SO2 composite. More: https://t.co/UoZmVXRxSq pic.twitter.com/dfpL0PDc7a — NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) January 9, 2020
Popocatépetl also erupted twice in July 2019. At 17,700 feet, it is North America's second-highest volcano, and is monitored 24 hours a day by more than 20 specialized devices.
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