Popocatépetl volcano, just 35 miles from Mexico City and 20 miles from Puebla sent ash and plumes of smoke more than 1.5 miles high. Mexico’s National Centre for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) has warned people to keep away from Popocatépetl after 200 eruptions were recorded in just 24 hours. A level three yellow alert has been issued meaning the chance of volcanic activity is immediate to high.
The alert is just one away from a red alert which would force locals to prepare for evacuation.
A 7.5 mile “security radius” has been implemented around the volcano, in case of a bigger eruption.
A total of 26million people live within 60 miles of the volcano’s crater and all could be at risk in the event of a catastrophic eruption.
Several towns have been blanketed after the explosion saw ash blow 1.8 miles.