Impressive images of the exhalations of the Popocatépetl volcano 1:34

(CNN) --

The Popocatépetl volcano in Mexico spewed enough ash and smoke this Tuesday to force some airlines to cancel their operations from Benito Juárez International Airport (AICM) in Mexico City, according to the airport itself.

Government cameras captured a huge column of smoke coming from the volcano.

The National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) reported 77 discharges and issued a volcanic threat level of "yellow phase 2", which calls for taking preventive measures and keeping a distance from the volcano, located in a central area of ​​the country.

  • The Popocatépetl volcano decreases activity and returns to yellow traffic light phase 2

Watch the huge explosion of Popocatépetl that covered the sky 1:51

The country's National Civil Protection Coordination reported the presence of ash in Mexico City and the State of Mexico, but said there is currently "no risk for the population."

About 25 million people live within a 96 km radius of the volcano, which is about 45 kilometers southeast of Mexico City and lies between the states of Morelos, Puebla and the State of Mexico.

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