Popocatépetl volcano has erupted in Mexico, sending a huge column of smoke several miles into the air. Popocatépetl volcano has erupted, with smoke visible across the state of Puebla. Residents have been warned not to travel within seven-and-a-half miles of the active volcano. Witnesses reported an “explosion” at around 5pm BST before smoke and ash began billowing out of the volcano. Shock photos

show the smoke visible from miles around – even from built up nearby towns. Last month an eruption at Popocatépetl was followed by 24 hours of explosions and earthquakes in the area. According to the National Centre for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred), the volcano has had 34 exhalations and 5 explosions in the last 24 hours. READ MORE