Mexico Orders Evacuations After Colima Volcano Eruption

Mexico Orders Evacuations After Colima Volcano Eruption
Volcán de Fuego y Nevado de Colima Hugo Enrique Preciado Farias / Flickr CC BY 2.0

At least 70 people from two states in Mexico were forced to evacuate after Colima Volcano, also known as the Volcano of Fire, spewed ash and cinders over the weekend.

Advertisement reports the affected states were Jalisco and Colima. Also much covered in 5cm ash was Yerbabuena, a village located just at the foot of the volcano.

Authorities said the spewing activity was reflective of the signs it first showed when it erupted 102 years ago in 1913. The volcano had been growling since Thursday and activity had been increasing.

On Saturday, a plume of ash rose over 1.5 miles into the sky. Officials have decided to close the local airport as well as seal off areas surrounding the volcano.

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“The communities in this 12km radius are very small and don’t exceed 800 inhabitants. They have all been evacuated,” Luis Felipe Puente, civil protection co-ordinator, was quoted by BBC.

Colima Volcano is regarded as Mexico’s most active volcano. It is regarded as a stratovolcano and is actually made up of two main stratovolcanoes. The older is 4,200 meters high, while the second is 200 meters smaller.

Its last major eruption was on January 20, 1913. This activity lasted for only four days. It became dormant for 40 years after that.

In 1961, it began acting up again, sending a small lava flow down its northern slope. This was followed by a much larger lava flow in 1975 in its north and southeast.

Its most recent eruptions prior to last week were in 1987, in 1994 and from 2001 to the present day.