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Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano erupts, sends up 6,500-foot column of smoke

The Popocatepetl volcano in central Mexico exploded on Sunday, spewing incandescent rocks and ash into the sky.

 

The Popocatepetl volcano in central Mexico exploded on Sunday, spewing incandescent rocks and ash into the sky.

The eruption occurred at 20:31 pm local and reached a height of 6,562 feet, according to a report by Mexico's National Disaster Prevention Center.

The incandescent rocks reached a distance of 11,482 feet and authorities are warning that ash could fall in nearby communities.

Also called "Don Goyo," the volcano has registered 40 exhalations over the last 24 hours, according to the report.

Authorities confirmed on Sunday that a large dome of lava formed on January has been destroyed during recent explosions.

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The Popocatepetl volcano lies just 50 miles southeast of Mexico City, and is one of the country's most active volcanoes.

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