Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 June 2019

WATCH: Mexican volcano fills sky with ash plume

Mexico's mighty Popocatepetl volcano erupted on Wednesday, sending a plume of gas and ash 1,200 metres into the sky, according to Mexico's disaster prevention agency.

Watch the video above, which shows the ash plume being discharged into the sky high above the snow-covered slopes of the mountain. The eruption occurred at 8:26 am local time on Wednesday, according to Mexico's National Disaster Prevention Centre.

Servando de la Cruz, a researcher at Mexico's National Autonomous University, said the volcano's current activity, while spectacular, was within the limits of recent historical eruptions and the volcano was being monitored by authorities for any heightened activity.

Popocatepetl is 5,426 metres tall and is the second highest mountain in Mexico and the fifth highest in North America.

Updated: March 7, 2019 04:38 PM

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