photo by Alfredo Guerrero (Gobierno Federal on Flickr CC)

Popocatépetl, meaning Smoking Mountain in the indigenous Nahuatl language of central Mexico, is at it again.

Only 70 km (43 mi) southeast of the capital, the volcano is visible from Mexico City on a clear day – and by ‘clear’ I mean a lesser variety of extreme smogginess than normal.

Popocatépetl started spewing lava rocks and columns of ash almost 10 days ago. The world-famous active volcano has also been roaring loudly, causing concern among local residents.

Though so far no evacuations have taken place, the government of Puebla state issued warnings for locals including to not leave animals outdoors, cover water sources and electronic equipment, clean the ash off roofs, streets and gardens and to try to keep indoors.

Ash, lava and glowing rocks are emanating from some 60 holes in the crust of the volcano. Popocatépetl’s last major eruption occurred back in 2000.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), on April 17, the volcano’s gas and ash plume reached a height ofabout 980 feet (~300 meters), spreading ash in the nearby town of Puebla. The Alert level at the volcano remains at “Yellow Phase Three,” according to Mexico’s National Center for Prevention of Disasters (CENAPRED). That alert means explosive activity could escalate, there may be growth of domes or expulsion of magma, and ash could rain on populated areas.


Read more on Fox News Latino and watch a satellite video of ash activity from the volcano on the official NASA website. Another video report featuring some spectacular footage of Popocatépetl errupting is available from BBC News.

Also check out the following video report from ITN News: