Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano erupted on Tuesday (20 October), belching ash and smoke across blue skies, authorities reported.

Just before 2.00pm local time on Tuesday, a spectacular column of ash erupted into the air from the volcano, located 80km southeast of the capital.

National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said in his Twitter account, ash and smoke rose 2,500 metres above the crater of the volcano.

Mexico's National Centre for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) reported that a total of 42 exhalations were reported on Tuesday, following a series of rumblings at the massive volcano in recent months. Mexico contains over 3,000 volcanos but only 14 are considered active.