(Reported By Micahel Snyder) Mt. Popocatepetl is one of the most important volcanoes on the entire planet, and yet most Americans are not familiar with it.  In ancient Aztec, Popocatepetl means “smoking mountain”, but to the locals, the 5,426-meter-high volcano is simply known as “Don Goyo”.  A catastrophic eruption of “Don Goyo” would be a nightmare scenario for the more than 20 million people living in the Mexico City metropolitan area, and that is why authorities are watching Mt. Popocatepetl very closely at the moment.  In fact, we are being warned that the eruption that just took place could be a precursor to an even larger eruption

Chilling footage showing the violent eruption emerged online amid fears there could be more. A huge plume of smoke blasted three kilometers into the air from the summit of Popocatepetl after a series explosions over the course of 24 hours. Surrounding towns were blanketed with ash and debris and authorities are now warning a bigger eruption could threaten the 23.6million inhabitants in the Mexican capital, located just 35 miles (56km) away. This latest eruption actually resulted in what is known as a “volcano-tectonic earthquake”.  Such quakes are caused by the movement of magma, and scientists are very concerned about what that might mean. “Don Goyo” has been spewing ash regularly since early this month, and at this point, local residents are being told to remain indoorsREAD MORE