Explosion at Mexico's Popocatepetl Volcano Felt Up to 25 Miles Away

A large explosion at Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano in central Mexico rattled buildings in nearby towns and cities on the evening of March 18, and produced a column of ash three-quarters of a mile high, officials said.

Local media said the explosion was felt as far as the city of Puebla, about 25 miles east of the volcano.

Nicola Rustichelli, who runs Webcams de Mexico, captured the dramatic eruption on a stationary camera that monitors the volcano.

Authorities established a 12-kilometer (7.45-mile) radius around the volcano and told people not to approach it.

The volcano lies on the border between Puebla and Morelos states. The civil protection agency in Puebla said 12 municipalities would be exposed to ash spewed out by Popocatepetl. Credit: Nicola Rustichelli via Storyful