Mexico’s huge Popocatepetl volcano erupted with an explosion of gas and ash that could be seen from miles, and could possibly create an ash cloud bound for Mexico City some 40 miles to the southeast.
Observers on the scene recorded video of the massive grey ash plume erupting from the volcano, which has been restive since last year.
The ash plume stretched four kilometers into the sky and dropped incandescent chunks of rock into neighboring areas, according to Mexican newspaper Informador.
A volcanic alert has been issued for the area.
If eruptions continue, it’s possible that evacuations may be ordered for residents of the villages near the volcano. Evacuations were planned as the volcano’s activity grew ominous in mid-May, but were never carried out.