GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Reuters) -- The "Volcano of Fire" in western
Mexico lived up to its name Wednesday by spewing lava and clouds of
poisonous gas, forcing authorities to evacuate nearby villages, officials said.
"There have so far been five internal explosions," German Pinto, deputy
defense chief of western Jalisco state, told Reuters.
Pinto said the explosions began at 1:56 a.m. local time (2:56 a.m. EST),
sending a cloud of carbon dioxide, sulfur and water vapor towering three
miles above the volcano, which is located about 300 miles northwest of
He said lava from the 14,320 foot Colima volcano, known locally as the
"Volcano of Fire," had set fire to some grazing land on its northern slopes.
A statement from Jalisco's civil defense department said authorities had
evacuated 118 people from three villages near the volcano and might have to
evacuate another two communities, but "everything will depend on the
The Colima volcano last erupted in November, when it forced the
evacuation of two villages.
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