Officials upgrade warnings about Mexico's 'Volcano of Fire'
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) -- Officials upgraded their warnings about
Mexico's "Volcano of Fire" on Monday, saying that increasing tremors and
other signs pointed toward a possibly large explosion at the 3,820-meter
Five hamlets on the volcano's flanks already have been evacuated and villages
within 11.5 kilometers (7 miles) of the crater are on alert.
Scientists at the University of Colima issued a bulletin saying that increasing
tremors within the volcano and signs such as ground deformation and changing
water chemistry had increased the probability of an eruption somewhere between
the size of those in 1999 and one in 1913.
The 1999 eruptions sent glowing rock five kilometers (three miles) down
volcano's slopes and sent up a plume of ash more than eight kilometers (5 miles)
The 1913 explosion created a crater 500 meters (1,650 feet) deep, blasted
fast-moving flows of hot ash down the volcano's slopes and rained ash on
Guadalajara, 130 kilometers (75 miles) to the north.
There were no visible signs of change on Monday and clouds covered the
peak most of Monday, making it difficult to see the crater.
On Saturday, some 70 residents were evacuated from the Jalisco state towns
Juan Barragan, El Agostadero, El Borbollon and Los Machos, located about 14
kilometers (10 miles) from the creater and neighboring Colima state evacuated
Yerbabuena, a hamlet of 200 people located near the peak of the volcano.
The volcano, 300 miles (490 kilometers) west of Mexico City, is located
border of the two states.
Dozens of residents were evacuated in February from towns in both states
rocks began rolling down the volcano's slopes. No one was injured.
Vulcanologists consider the Colima volcano to be one of the most active
potentially the most destructive of the volcanoes in central Mexico.
It has staged violent eruptions dozens of times since its first recorded
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