The snow covered Popocatepetl volcano spews a cloud of steam high into the air in Puebla, Mexico, on Sunday. Mexican authorities raised the alert level for the Popocatepetl volcano on Saturday after an increased amount of explosive activity belched ash over Mexico City and pushed international airlines to suspend flights. The alert level for the towering Popocatepetl volcano, which is 50 miles (80km) to the southeast of the capital, was raised to yellow phase three from yellow phase two, Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention said
Smoke rises from the Popocatépetl volcano as it spews incandescent volcanic material on the outskirts of Puebla, Mexico on Thursday.
A cloud of ash belches out of Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano, about 55km from Mexico City, as seen from Paso de Cortes, in the Mexican central state of Puebla. Authorities have raised the alert level to “yellow phase three”, the fifth of a seven-stage warning system, restricting access to an area of 12km around the volcano while preparing evacuation routes and shelters.
A farmer ploughs the land in San Nicolas de los Ranchos, in the state of Puebla, with the Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico’s second-highest peak, 55km southeast of Mexico City, in the background. The National Disaster Prevention Centre raised the alert level to ‘yellow phase three’, as the Popocatepetl continues to spew ash and smoke.