The Popocatépetl volcano in Mexico erupted violently recently and in the process spewed ash 3 miles into the air.
The eruption reached small towns and villages on the outskirts of the volcano, after the explosion went up to more than 3 miles above the volcano’s crater while it bubbled with ash. Authorities revealed that the explosion consisted of steam, gas, and ash.
The volcano, which is a part of the Trans-Mexican volcanic belt and is known to be the second highest peak in the country, has been dormant for more than 20 years since its strong eruption in 1994. There had been records of evacuations in 2000 as scientists warned that it could erupt again, its strongest in the past thousand years. However, signs of activity were spotted in 2012 and this led to tension in the area with many even leaving the area. The volcano has a reputation of being quite erratic and was last recorded spewing ash in April, 2016.
24 hours after the Popocatepetl volcano surprised locals, it has been recorded that there were 129 incidents of release of ash columns, there had been three more major explosions and a 1.8 magnitude tremor. Local authorities have prompted warnings to both locals and tourists to stay away from the areas near the volcano, particularly its crater.
Hiking has been strongly prohibited as the erratic spewing of ash is very dangerous. Furthermore, residents around the region has been warned to take extra precautions as the ash can cause breathing issues especially for children, elderly and pre-existing respiratory problems.
There are about 1500 potentially active volcanoes worldwide, aside from the continuous belt of volcanoes on the ocean floor.