Volcano bursts into life with large spurt of ash and steam

Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano spurted a large plume of ash, smoke and steam into the sky overnight.

Mexico's National Disaster Prevention Centre said in its daily report that the volcano registered a total of 80 low intensity exhalations and six explosions yesterday, releasing plumes of smoke between 1.5 and two kilometres high.

Authorities are urging people not to get close to the volcano and particularly to its crater.

Popocatepetl is the second tallest volcano in Mexico and is in the centre of the country.