Thousands of people living near the Popocatepetl volcano in the states of Puebla and Morelos, Mexico have been put under evacuation alert…
After the volcano began spewing mile-high plumes of toxic gas and ash into the air.
People within 10 miles from the volcano were put under yellow alert to evacuate at short notice if the volcanic activity increases.
Popocatepetl is one of Mexico’s most active volcanoes and the second highest peak in the country after the dormant Citlaltépetl (5,426 meters (17,802 ft.) vs 5,636 meters (18,491 ft.)).
It is feared that a major eruption of Popocatepetl could put residents of Mexico City at risk as it is located only 43 miles (70 km) southeast of the megapole.
Popocatepetl’s last major eruption occurred in 2000, followed by a minor eruption in 2005.
Following the incident, it began showing signs of increasing activity in January, 2012, with minor incidents in April, 2012, May, 2013, July, 2014, and October, 2015.
Sometimes, strange lights fly over the Popocatepetl volcano. Weird.