A huge plume of smoke rises from a volcano in Mexico


Story: On Friday (May 26), Mexican officials confirmed that no more lava domes were detected within the crater of the volcano, affectionately called Popo.

Footage captured by a Navy drone on Thursday (May 25) showed a plume of ash erupting from Popo’s crater.

A report by the scientific committee that monitors Popo said the volcano is expected to continue spewing ash and glowing debris and causing high-frequency, variable-amplitude tremors over the next few days.

The National Civil Protection Agency maintains the volcanic alert in yellow.

Popocatepetl, which means “smoking hill” in the Aztec language Nahuatl, is one of the most closely monitored volcanoes in the world. It towers about 72 km southeast of Mexico City and has a population of about 9 million people, about 22 million people including the metropolitan area.