(NBC) Spectacular eruptions have been seen Southeast of Mexico City as Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano spewed smoke and ash high into the air.
The volcano had three eruptions Friday, one of which reached two and a half miles into the sky.
The first explosion occurred at about 5:00 p.m. local time.
Two more explosions overnight spread ash over the villages and fields south of the volcano.
Popocatepetl has been active since the mid-1990s.
Authorities put the volcano on yellow alert and urged residents to avoid outdoor activities.
There are more than three-thousand volcanos in Mexico, but only 14 are considered active.
Popo, as it is known, regularly emits smoke and ash but is rarely considered life-threatening to nearby communities.
Video from Webcamsdemexico.com showed part of the eruptions:
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