Eruption of the Colima Volcano in Mexico on Jan. 21, 2015, seen via webcamsdemexico webcam.
By Andrew Freedman2 days ago
A webcam focused on the Colima volcano in Mexico, an active stratovolcano that has erupted several times in recent weeks, captured a powerful blast at about 9:13 a.m. Wednesday morning local time.
The eruption involved an ash cloud that climbed at least 13,000 feet, according to local civil defense authorities.
The Twitter account of the Protección Civil, which covers the Colima vicinity, tweeted:
The English translation of this tweet is: “At 9:13 there was an explosive event at the volcano, which generated an exhalation of around 4,000m. Direction North East.”
The video itself is astonishing.
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The Protección Civil said there is not a forecast of ash falling in the region, which is located in southwestern Mexico, southeast of Puerto Vallarta. The volcano, which is also known as the “Volcano of Fire,” straddles the states of Colima and Jalisco.
Also via Twitter, the governor of the state, Mario Anguiano Moreno, said there is “no considerable risk for the population, since the wind is taking the ashes to the northeast of the state.”
He encouraged people not to panic, despite the ominous appearance of the ash cloud. “Please, let’s listen to the recommendations of Proteccion Civil de Colima and let’s ignore the rumors,” he said.
The Colima Volcanic Complex, which encompasses three volcanic peaks, is one of the most active volcanos in Mexico, according to the Global Volcanism Program of the Smithsonian Institution.
According to the Volcanism Program, the “Volcán de Colima (also known as Volcán Fuego) is a youthful stratovolcano constructed within a 5-km-wide caldera, breached to the south, that has been the source of large debris avalanches.”
A caldera is a crater-like land feature that is usually formed from an explosive volcanic eruption, and Colima (like the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland) is a type of volcano, known as a stratovolcano, that is prone to developing calderas because of successive explosive and more muted eruptions.
Webcam video also captured a smaller eruption on Jan. 19.
“Frequent historical eruptions date back to the 16th century. Occasional major explosive eruptions (most recently in 1913) have destroyed the summit and left a deep, steep-sided crater that was slowly refilled and then overtopped by lava dome growth.”
The program notes that an explosion occurred from Colima on Jan. 3, when ash fell in several communities, including Zapotlán El Grande and Gómez Farías. Another explosion took place on Jan. 11 and caused ash to fall in Tuxpan, followed by a smaller eruption on Jan. 12.
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