Popocatepetl Volcano Eruption in Mexico Caught on Video, Pours Ash Over Puebla and Airport

puebla-covered-in-ashes.jpgMexico’s Popocatepetl volcano erupted around 2:30 a.m. local time Sunday, April 17, 2016, blanketing the scenic city of Puebla with ash, smoke, and lava runoff. Volcanic ash rose almost two miles above Popocatelpetl’s crater, hurling incandescent lava fragment as far as a mile away while leaving cars immobile. Hermanos Serdan International Airport, the city’s lone airport, shut down operations at about 7 a.m. while crews brushed ash build-up off airplanes and runways; flights were expected to resume Monday afternoon. Mexican officials placed the area under yellow alert and urged residents to wear masks and avoid inhaling the soot in fear of developing respiratory problems, as Interior Ministry’s National Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente outlined throughout the day Monday. Read Article

ALSO: Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano spews ash two MILES into the air: Puebla is caked in white dust as eruption forces closure of airport/photos


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