Impressive Images of Popocatepetl Volcano Blocking Air Traffic in Mexico City (PHOTOS)

“We have resumed take-off and landing operations from 10:00 am (4:00 pm GMT),” the airport said on Facebook, adding that the volcanic ash that had accumulated there had been cleared from the runway.

The airport, which is expected to welcome 46.2 million passengers in 2022, stopped flights at 04:25 local time (10:25 GMT).

FILE – Ash and steam rise from the Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico City, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. In the third week of May 2023, Popocatpetl revived and triggered high ash clouds that forced 11 villages. Cancel school sessions. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File) ©Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

The other Felipe Angeles International Airport (AIFA), opening in 2022 in a large suburb of Mexico City, also announced its temporary closure.

Popocatépetl is monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, due to the danger its activity poses to the surrounding population.

Popocatepetl volcano spews ash and smoke from Puebla, Puebla province, Mexico on May 18, 2023. The Popocatepetl volcano, located about 55 km from Mexico City, has recorded several low-intensity eruptions in the past few days. (Photo by JOSE CASTA’ARES / AFP) ©AFP or licensors

It emitted fumaroles and glowing material Friday night and into Saturday morning, the Mexican Civil Defense said.

At 5,452 meters above sea level, it is the second highest volcano in Mexico. It usually emits columns of smoke and ash, the height of which can reach 10 kilometers.

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