Huge Volcano Eruption Caught on Home Security Camera

A home security camera captured the moment a volcano erupted and spewed lava into the night sky – It also caught the huge boom emitted by the mountain on audio.

The Popocatépetl volcano in Mexico erupted at 03:00 on May 15, shaking nearby houses and disturbing the local animals who can be heard hollering as lava and ash belch out from the mountain.

The huge explosion at the end of the video appears to be due to the distance the camera is away from the volcano, one YouTube user estimates that the volcano is 13 miles from the home security device. “Soundwaves are pretty slow compared to light,” reasons another user.

Popocatépetl’s Rage

Popocatépetl, a stratovolcano located in central Mexico, is one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico and is the most famous.

After its recent activity, caught on camera above, Mexican officials had initially advised residents in the nearby vicinity of the volcano to prepare for evacuation in case its eruption intensified.

According to CNN, airports delayed flights into Mexico City and schools in nearby municipalities were closed down.

However, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador last month announced that the volcano is calming and emitting less ash.

“Its intensity has decreased. The ash it emits is also less. Basically, it’s going more toward Puebla. The rest of the states do not have ash falling and we are watching day and night that there is no panic,” Lopez Obrador said in a press conference.

There are roughly 25 million people living within a 60-mile radius of the volcano, it is located 45 miles southeast of Mexico City — North America’s largest metropolitan area.

Since it began erupting on May 15, the air quality index has plummeted due to particles in the air. Residents in the state of Puebla have been advised to wear protective gear, such as masks, to avoid breathing in polluted air.

Popocatépetl lay dormant for decades before it erupted in 1994. Since then, rumbles and eruptions have been a common occurrence for people living close to the volcano which takes its name from an Aztec language which translates to Smoking Mountain.