The area highlighted in yellow is the most susceptible to ash fall from the Colima Volcano The area highlighted in yellow is the most susceptible to ash fall. civil protection

More activity seen at the Colima Volcano

Watch out for falling rocks, particularly if they're hot, warns Civil Protection

The Colima Volcano continues to be active, sending a 1,500-meter column of smoke skyward at 7:08 this morning.

Civil Protection’s national coordinator, Luis Felipe Puente Espinosa, reported the eruption on his Twitter account, advising that the smoke, with a low ash content, was moving southwest.

The ash expelled by the volcano consists of material less than two millimeters in diameter and moves with the wind. But rock projectiles from the Volcano of Fire, as it is also known, are a different matter.

They can be up to 50 millimeters in diameter and are sent shooting out of the crater at high speed, before falling to the ground. This volcanic material can cause damage and injuries in populated areas, particularly if they are hot, which can result in fires.

The falling pieces of rock can be a danger within a five-kilometer radius of the volcano.

Puente Espinosa issued a call to residents near the volcano to stay informed about the volcano’s activity.

It has been active since early July, when ash falls were severe enough to require the evacuation of 700 people from nearby communities. The volcano straddles the border between Colima and Jalisco.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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