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Watch: Mexican Volcano Popocatépetl Explodes

See the sudden eruption
Related: Earth, Volcanoes

Popocatépetl, the sometimes threatening volcano 43 miles southeast of Mexico City, exploded on June 17, 2013, spewing ash up to 2.5 miles into the air. A well-placed webcam captured this amazing footage.

Authorities monitor the volcano closely. As Latin Times pointed out, "In May, activity on Popocatépetl was enough to force authorities to announce evacuation plans to nearby residents and instruct them to remain vigilant."

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Volcano's have been erupting since the beginning of time....(before pollution!) It is the most natural occurrence, the earth is still producing and growing land masses. I don't see why everything that happen's on this planet is up for discussion for how the bad human's are destroying the planet. Yes there is alway's room for improvement for taking care of our environment. Species will come and go, it is the process of natural selection, we can't save everything. I for one vote for the Human Race, that is not saying we can't do better where we can....just my opinion

June 18 2013 at 8:30 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

It's surprising in the video that the clouds moving past the volcano seemed to continue moving past at almost the same rate of speed after the ash cloud started coming out. I expected a radiating shock wave in the atmosphere that would push them away in all directions. Was the only force expended straight up?

June 18 2013 at 4:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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This was a time lapse recording rather than real-time. The eruption was not explosive in nature like that of Krakatoa. Most of the energy expended was seismic and thermal in nature rather than accompanied by an atmospheric shock wave. The hot ash cloud would naturally be projected straight up thermally. Along with that there can be seen smaller pyroclastic flows of lava and hot ash radiating down the slopes of the cone. Even the Mt. Saint Helens eruption was more thermal than explosive but did displace a huge portion of the summit in the form of a massive landslide and horizontal pyroclastic wave that was highly directional.

June 18 2013 at 7:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Where is Algore? He needs to give more stupid speeches on global warming to the idiots who pay to listen to his tripe! LOL!!

June 17 2013 at 11:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

People think we are polluting the atmosphere. Mother Nature can do a far better job than mere mortals. I know, why doesn't the US Federal Government pass legislation to stop such things.

June 17 2013 at 9:43 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to tin321man's comment

We are polluting the atmosphere... Things such as that can be controlled and should; things that can't, like erupting volcanoes, can't be controlled. So what is your point - That we should not take any responsibility for our actions because Mother Nature might destroy us on her own initiative, before we actually prompt her to do it as a result of human unsustainability?

June 17 2013 at 10:11 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to jeffc152's comment

It is an attempt to get humans like you, jeffc152, to realize that people are nothing compared to the forces of Mother Earth. Perhaps we should stop the polluting completely. No more electricity, fossil fuels, radiation based products. Humans are an artificial species and humans cannot stop their own pollution or reduce it because it would lead to the extinction of the Homo sapien. Humans have made extinct other species in their dominion of the earth and not it is fitting to pay up.

June 18 2013 at 12:09 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down

Holy cow. Popocatepetl erupted.

June 17 2013 at 9:33 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to maloneyreba's comment

At least it's still easier to spell and pronounce than that one in Iceland.

June 18 2013 at 4:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did someone run a cigarette up to it after it finished?

June 17 2013 at 9:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


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