Video Credit: CEN/@SPPCMexico
This stunning aerial footage shows how weeks of volcanic activity have widened and deepened Popocatepetl’s crater, one of Mexico’s top landmarks.
The footage displays an aerial view of the smoking crater, which has increased to 350 metres (1,148 feet) and is now 250 to 300 metres (820 to 984 feet deep), according to Mexico’s Civil Protection authority
Popocatepetl, is an active volcano located in the central Mexican states of Puebla and Morelos.
Researchers have reported two significant eruptions since 28th March which reportedly sent a column of gases and debris three kilometres (1.9 miles) into the air while falling ash was recorded as far as two kilometres (1.2 miles) from the crater.
Meanwhile, Cenapred has raised the alert level at Popocatepetl, considered one of the 10 most dangerous volcanoes in the world, to ‘Yellow Alert Phase 3’.
Phase 3 sees the activity of a volcano labelled as “intermediate-high” compared to “increasing” in Phase 2.
Experts from Mexico’s National Centre for Prevention of Disasters (Cenapred) and the Institute of Geophysics were unable to detect the presence of a newly-formed volcanic dome, a circular mound-shaped protrusion resulting from the slow extrusion of lava.
According to reports, volcanologists have carried out eight flights over the crater in the last five months.
Local residents have been advised to cover their nose, mouth and eyes, and drink lots of clean water.
About 25 million people live within a 60-mile radius of the active volcano’s crater.
The name Popocatepetl comes from the Nahuatl language and means ‘Smoking Mountain’. It is also referred to by Mexicans as ‘El Popo’.
Picture Credit: CEN/@SPPCMexico