Watch CBS News

Mexico's 'Smoking Mountain' Erupts Twice In Less Than 90 Minutes

MEXICO (CBSDFW.COM) - Mexico's civil protection agency issued a warning following the latest activity of the Popocatepetl volcano.

Two explosions were recorded about an hour and 10 minutes apart Monday, generating a column of ash with a height of more than 11,400 feet and 7,800 feet respectively, dispersing in a northeast direction with ash fall reported at Puebla Airport.

The Popocatepetl Volcanic Alert system warns explosive activity could continue in a low to intermediate scale, mild to moderate ash rains in nearby towns and the possibility of pyroclastic flows and short-range mud flows.

The volcano is 44 miles from Mexico City, and close to Morelos, Puebla and Mexico states.

Popocatepetl is an Aztec word for smoking mountain.

Popocatepetl volcano
Popocatepetl volcano (Source: Mexico's National Disaster Prevention Centre)
View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.