Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
These clips show two eruptions from Mexico’s mighty Popocatepetl volcano, one of which sent a huge fireball of lava out of the crater as ash and smoke filled the air.
Popocatepetl, an active volcano located in the states of Puebla and Morelos in central Mexico, erupted at 12.15am and 6.37am on 25th February, according to the National Centre for the Prevention of Disasters (CENAPRED).
The footage shows the sudden blasts that result in a huge column of ash and gases been propelled in the air.
CENAPRED said the crater still maintains a 350-metre (1,148-foot) diameter with an approximate depth of 100 to 150 metres (328 to 492 feet).
Reports said the volcano expelled a large amount of ash and gases during the blast that was blown by winds to the north-west.
The blast was seen from different parts of the states where the volcano is located, local media reported.
The volcano is currently in the yellow phase 2 of the volcanic alert, which means that citizens should be alert in case of a possible evacuation.
CENAPRED, which monitors the activity of the volcano, has established a traffic light system for the volcano. If there is a green light, the volcano is quiet.
The red light indicates danger and therefore the people should be ready for evacuation.
Popocatepetl stands at 5,426 metres (17,802 feet) tall and is one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico. Its name comes from the Nahuatl language and means ‘Smoking Mountain’.
The ViralTab page is created by and dedicated to professional, independent freelance journalists. It is a place for us to showcase our work. When our news is sold to our media partners, we will include the link here.