Popocatépetl volcano erupted at approximately 05:15 (local time) on Tuesday, July 31. A plume of smoke and ash was released some 2000 m (6500 ft) into the atmosphere. At the moment, the eruption presents no immediate risk to nearby residents and has not resulted in flight disruptions. Authorities have maintained a level two alert (the second on a scale of three). Further volcanic activity is possible in the coming days and an intensification of the volcanic activity cannot be ruled out.
The volcano last entered an eruptive phase in January 2018, though its last major eruption was in 2000. Popocatépetl, translated as "the smoking mountain," is located 60 km (40 mi) southeast of the capital Mexico City. Previous eruptions have forced the temporary closure of nearby Puebla International Airport (PBC).
Individuals present in or intending to travel to the affected area are advised to monitor the situation and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders). In the event of an eruption, it is advisable to wear respiratory masks and to wear covering clothing to protect skin from abrasive ash.