Brain Post: Witness a Shock Wave as 17,930-Foot Popocatépetl Erupts TODAY

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The 17,930-Foot Popocatépetl volcano in Mexico erupted today at 1:23pm.  The eruption was captured by a webcam and really shows a shock wave that rips out of the mountain.

What’s truly amazing in this video is that you can actually watch the clouds around Popocatépeti shudder as the initial shock wave rocks the volcano.

17,930-foot Popocatépetl, Mexico

Volcanic shock waves can be ridiculously strong:

On August 27, 1883, the Karakatoa volcano on Karakatoa island detonated, causing three-quarters of the island to sink beneath sea level or be destroyed. The explosion from the volcano generated a shock wave that traveled the world seven times and was detectable for five days.

Karakatoa, Indonesia
Karakatoa, Indonesia

It’s not too often that you get to watch a volcano erupt live on the same day that it occurred.  Amazing footage.


“The word volcano is derived from the name of Vulcano, a volcanic island in the Aeolian Islands of Italy whose name in turn originates from Vulcan, the name of a god of fire inRoman mythology.[2] The study of volcanoes is called volcanology, sometimes spelled vulcanology.”wikipedia

eruptions of Popo on June 16th, 2013 early in the morning with lava

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