Mighty volcano El Popo sends ash more than 8,000ft into sky after huge eruption

A 1.6-mile plume of ash was shot into the sky as a volcano erupted while its peak was still covered in snow.

Mexico’s mighty Popocatepetl volcano erupted just before 6pm on Wednesday as locals were warned to be careful.

The country’s National Civil Protection agency shared the footage on social media with the message: "At 5.56pm, the Popocatepetl volcano registered an eruption of 2.5 kilometres – 1.6 miles – in height moving towards the eastern sector.

"We are continuing with Yellow Alert Phase 2. We should all be prepared for falling ash in communities in Puebla."

Popocatepetl is an active volcano and is located across the states of Puebla and Morelos in central Mexico.

The eruption followed an earlier one recorded at 8.26am which reportedly sent up a column of ash 1.2 kilometres – 0.7 miles – above the crater.

The video footage shows the second eruption in the afternoon and then the morning explosion while the peak is still covered in snow.

According to the Civil Protection, the volcano has also registered 97 other incidents of smaller bursts and exhalations of ash and gases.

Local residents have been advised to cover their nose and mouth with a handkerchief or even wear a dust mask if they have one.

They were told it was also important that they drink lots of clean water and protect their eyes and throat.

The authorities have also told people to keep their windows closed and to stay indoors as much as possible.

The name Popocatepetl comes from the Nahuatl language and means ‘Smoking Mountain’.

It is also referred to by Mexicans as ‘El Popo’.

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