GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Reuters) -- Mexico's Colima "Volcano of Fire"
continued to spit smoke and ash Monday, forcing the evacuation of more
nearby villages, officials said.
"We are prepared for any emergency," said Jaime Paz, director of civil
protection for the state of Jalisco, adding a total of 505 people had been moved
to emergency shelters since the volcano's activity picked up last week.
Located on the border between Jalisco and Colima states on the Pacific
about 440 miles west of Mexico City, the volcano has not experienced a
strong eruption since 1913. But last November, it surprised scientists by
unexpectedly spewing out lava.
Paz said up to 7,000 people might have to be evacuated if the volcanic
picked up any further.
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