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[PHOTOS] A Volcano Eruption In Mexico Ws Captured On Social Media By Tourist Aboard A Flight

Nature is straight up majestic. When we get an up-close view of that majesty, it’s both humbling and invigorating. We’re now getting one such view thanks to some stellar amateur video footage. On July 14, 2019, jet passengers got firsthand experience with the raw power of Mother Earth during their trip over Puebla, Mexico.

In the early morning hours, the Popocatépetl volcano erupted, spewing ash and smoke upward for thousands of miles.

Twitter / @tictoc

During the previous weeks, activity seemed to pick up around the volcano. When Popocatépetl finally blew its top, the ash and smoke reached up to 32,000 ft (10 km) into the sky. The main explosion was also accompanied by three smaller explosions that rocked the area.

True to its title, Popocatépetl is an Aztec name meaning “smoking mountain.” The volcano is almost 5,500 meters high, making it North America’s second tallest volcano. Popocatépetl is one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico. It’s also one of three peaks in the region that contain glaciers.

Called Don Goyo or El Popo by the natives, the volcano’s ash-covered land all across Puebla.

Twitter / @jaimessincioco

In fact, it was fortunate that the eruption was caught on video by the passing jet. The ground webcams set up by geologist were all blocked by smoke and clouds. There is currently a volcanic ash advisory for the area.

Officials warn locals away from the area but that hasn’t stopped amazing photos of the volcano from being spread online.

Twitter / @EylenePirez

This mountain climber shared awe-inspiring images of Popocatépetl’s eruption during her climb. We can only imagine how awesome that view was in person.

Some shared photographs of the volcano’s far-reaching impression.

Twitter / @DylanJBrennan

This Twitter user posted images of Popocatépetl’s eruption from all the way in Mexico City. While the peak is often visible from the city, it’s never this impressive. This is an example of just how massive of a plume the volcano produced when it erupted.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Twitter without some jokes and everyone seemed to have the same one.

Twitter / @elkaijubarbon
Twitter / @BetosaurioE

In the recent “Godzilla” movie, the daikaiju monster Rodan erupts from the earth. To be more precise, it erupts from this very same volcano. Twitter users found it more than a little coincidental that the real Popocatépetl has now erupted so soon after the movie’s Rodan made its escape.

We’ll be on the lookout for anymore daikaiju. In the meantime, try to avoid King Ghidorah at all costs.

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