The dramatic explosion of the active stratovolcano, a little over 40 miles southeast of Mexico City, was captured on video by Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention, CENAPRED.
Still, CENAPRED has set the warning level at “yellow phase 2,” meaning there is no imminent danger. But the center is urging people not to get too close to the volcano or the crater, which is even more hazardous “due to the danger of falling ballistic fragments.”
A satellite recorded the explosion of Popocatépetl — a name that means “smoky mountain” in the indigenous Náhuatl language.
The satellite also “detected sulfur dioxide in the plume,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wrote in a tweet.
The head of civil protection, David Leon Romero, said the hours following the eruption were mostly quiet, despite “268 exhalations” that were accompanied by water vapor, gas and light amounts of ash, according to El Universal.
Popocatépetl, known locally as El Popo, is Mexico’s most active volcano and North America’s second-highest volcano. More than 20 specialized devices monitor the 17,700 ft volcano 24 hours a day.
El Popo erupted twice in late July.