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Mexican Volcano Spits Smoke and Lava During Explosive 24 Hours

The area around San Nicolás de los Ranchos, in Mexico’s Puebla, experienced an explosive 24 hours on August 13 due to a series of events at the Popocatepetl volcano.

Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention reported that five moderate and two major explosions occurred on August 13.

The agency issued a phase yellow warning urging people to not approach the volcano due to “the danger of falling ballistic fragments,” coupled with a risk of mudslides as heavy rain threatens the area.

The volcano can be seen spitting smoke into the sky and spewing lava, in the video from Webcams de Mexico. Credit: Nicola Rustichelli via Storyful