Skip to Content
Remaining Ad Time Ad - 00:00

Mexican volcano stages dramatic nighttime show

Mexican Volcano
NBC News
Volcano known as "El Popo" erupts outside Mexico City

"El Popo" triggers volcanic alert outside Mexico City

SAN NICOLAS DE LOS RANCHOS, Mexico (KYMA, KECY) - One of Mexico's most active volcanoes erupted in a dramatic nighttime show.

The mountain is officially called Popocatepetl, but commonly referred to as "El Popo."

On Monday night it shot huge clouds of smoke and ash into the sky. Witnesses say the columns rose some 2,000 feet above the crater.

Mexican Civil Defense issued a volcanic alert, warning people to stay away from the volcano and its foothills. So far there have been no reports of damage or injury associated with the eruption.

"El Popo" is the fifth highest mountain in North America. It stand near 18-thousand feet tall.

It's located about 35-miles southeast of Mexico City.

Author Profile Photo

Lisa Sturgis

Lisa Sturgis returned to KYMA as its Digital Content Director in September of 2019, but she and her family have a long history in the Desert Southwest. Her grandmother first moved to Yuma in the late 1940’s, and Lisa got her first job in TV news at KYMA in 1987.

Reach out to Lisa with story ideas and your digital feedback at

Skip to content