Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Facts about Colima volcano latest eruption

The Colima Volcano in western Mexico has erupted, spewing out burning rock and raining ash on the nearby villages of Tonila y San Marcos, authorities said.

The eruption at the 3,820-metre volcano located 690 kms north-west of Mexico City was obscured from view by cloudy weather.

But satellite images suggested the volcano sent a plum of ash kilometres into the sky, according to the Jalisco state Civil Protection Department.

Patrols were sent to collect more information from settlements near the volcano.
The volcano had staged two spectacular eruptions Thursday night and Friday morning, following smaller explosive eruptions on May 23 and May 30.

Known as the Volcano of Fire, the summit's first recorded eruption came in 1560.

It is considered to be among the most active and potentially the most destructive of the volcanoes in Mexico.

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