Volcano erupts in Mexico Friday morning

Altzmoni, Mexico (NBC) — Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano has erupted, spewing a significant amount of ash Friday morning.

In the morning, local time, ash began flowing from the crater, reaching an altitude of 16,400 feet, according to Luis Felipe Puente, the national coordinator of civil protection.

Authorities kept the volcano alert on a “yellow phase 2,” the same that it has had for several months now, despite the eruption.

Some towns near the volcano reported ash falling but it did not affect normal activities in those communities.