The quake sent people in Mexico City fleeing their buildings to the streets for fear that they might collapse, it has been reported.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has said that Mexico’s National Civil Protection system protocols have been activated.
The Mexico City Government has tweeted: “Before returning to your homes, it is important to check if there are any damages, turn off gas lines and disconnect energy sources.”
The News has come after 370 people, including schoolchildren, died from an earthquake in central Mexico last September.
Popocatépetl, which translates to “smoky mountain” in Aztec, is the second highest volcano in North America, and is Mexico’s most active.
The volcano has had more than 15 major eruptions since 1519.
Popocatépetl is considered the most threatening on the continent because it can switch from a low-level eruption to the most powerful type quickly.
These so-called Plinian eruptions are the highest category and tend to be caused by very thick lava that doesn’t flow very easily.
They include pyroclastic flows, a crushing wave of rock, lava, ash and gas, similar to that which buried Pompeii in AD 79.
Popocatépetl hasn’t had a Plinian eruption in more than a thousand years, but it has been erupting on and off since 2005.
Source : EXPRESS