Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano erupts, covers nearby city in ash

Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano erupts, blankets city in ash.VIDEO: REUTERS
A plume of volcanic ash and smoke spewed by Popocatepetl volcano seen from Puebla, Mexico.
A plume of volcanic ash and smoke spewed by Popocatepetl volcano seen from Puebla, Mexico.PHOTO: EPA

Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano erupts into clear blue sky in a powerful show of smoke and ash, covering the nearby city of Atlixco, Puebla, in a layer of ash

(REUTERS) - Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano erupted into clear blue sky on Friday (Nov 25), in a powerful show of smoke and ash.

The dramatic eruption spewed slight ash over the nearby city of Atlixco Puebla.

According to authorities, in the last 24 hours there were 324 volcanic eruptions, with the largest one rising nearly five kilometres (three miles) over the crater.

There have been a series of rumblings at the massive volcano in recent months, with the most recent large eruption occurring on April 3.

Popocatepetl has been active since the mid-90s.

Mexico contains over 3,000 volcanos but only 14 are considered active.