Colima Volcano Erupts In Mexico

Posted: Dec 18 2016, 9:50pm CST | by , Updated: Dec 18 2016, 9:54pm CST , in Latest Science News


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Colima Volcano Erupts in Mexico
Credit: Webcams de Mexico

Mexico's Colima volcano generated three eruptions in the space of few hours early sunding morning

One of the most active volcanoes in North America has started spewing lava, sending ash and vapors more than a mile into the air.

Colima Volcano in Mexico has sent three eruptions in the space of few hours early Sunday morning and the biggest column of ash reached 1.25 miles height. No injuries were reported so far.

Also known as Volcano of Fire, Colima is showing signs of unrest since early September while the biggest eruption in October led to the evacuation of more than 300 villagers living right at the foot of the mountain.

Colima volcano, which is about 12,500 feet tall and located about 485 kilometers west of Mexico City, is described as one of the most active and potentially dangerous volcanoes in Mexico and in North America. It has erupted more than 40 times since 1576, including a series of major eruptions in 1913. An increased volcanic activity has been observed in the past couple of years with a string of huge eruptions since the start of this month, leading to the constant monitoring of the volcano. Around 300,000 people live within 40 kilometers of Colima volcano so any huge eruption could trigger a potentially catastrophic event.

“The activity of the volcano is picking up: in particular, explosions have become more frequent and gradually larger in size.” The Volcano Discovery Website says.

“While the active lava flow continues to creep down the southern flank along with incandescent rockfalls, alimented by the growing lava dome in the summit crater, vulcanian-type explosions of small to moderate size occur at rates of 1-3 per hour.”

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