Mexico has been placed on alert after a volcano began spewing sizzling ash and rock near its capital metropolis.
The nation’s Nationwide Centre for Catastrophe Prevention has warned individuals to steer clear of Popocatepetl close to Mexico Metropolis after 200 minor eruptions have been recorded in 24 hours.
It has issued a stage three yellow alert, indicating doable magma expulsion and explosions of accelerating depth.
The alert – the third highest – is one stage under a purple alert that will set off preparations for an evacuation.
The 17,900ft (5,450m) stratovolcano has been notably energetic in current months and has now been spewing sizzling rock, ash and fuel.
It has despatched items of burning rock showering about one and a half miles (2.4km) down its slopes, which has prompted fires in surrounding grassland.
A number of cities reported ash falling on them from the explosion.
Some 25 million individuals reside inside about 60 miles (97km) of the volcano’s crater.
A significant eruption at Popocatepetl in 2000 pressured an evacuation and noticed practically 50,000 residents in three states surrounding the height flee the area.