Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano spews ash 20,000 feet, eruption seen from space

Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano spews: An active volcano in Mexico sent plumes of ash more than 20,000 feet into the air this week, spewing volcanic gases and water vapor.

Dozens of volcanoes erupt simultaneously around the world, including Popocatpetl, 40 miles southeast of Mexico City. The name of the volcano translates as “Smoking Mountain”. Popocatépetl is one of Mexico’s most active volcanoes and has been continuously active for nearly two decades.

The volcano’s alert level is yellow at phase two, which indicates that Mexico’s National Disaster Prevention Center (CENAPRED) is still monitoring the volcano’s situation and preparing for a possible evacuation if volcanic activity intensifies. A phase two alert is activated when the volcano shows a change in activity, such as exhaling water vapor or gas plumes or producing light ash.

Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano spews
The Popocatépetl Volcano spews ash and smoke as seen from Puebal, state of Puebla, Mexico, on May 18, 2023. This week, the volcano sent ash plumes 20,000 feet high.

CENAPRED is monitoring the eruption and updated the status of the volcano on Wednesday. The report said that “permanent emissions of water vapor, volcanic gases, and ash” were observed pouring down the volcano and spreading to the southwest. According to the Zoom Earth social media account, the ash rose so high that it was visible from space.

“Today’s eruption of #Popocatépetl as seen from space,” the account posted on X, formerly Twitter, on Wednesday afternoon. A time-lapse video accompanying the post shows a steady plume of ash falling from the volcano over several hours.

Other social media accounts also noted that the volcano had spewed a lot of ash into the air.
“Good morning Popo! I see he’s still shy,” the social media account Volcaholic posted on Wednesday with a webcam video from CENAPRED.

Popocatépetl has been erupting since January 2005 and has gone through several stages of excessive ash emission. Its ash piles have often disrupted flights. After a 70-year period of silence, Popocatpetl erupted in December 1994. Its volcanic activity increased in 1996 and 1997. This volcano erupted in 2000 and caused the evacuation of thousands of people from nearby municipalities.

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