GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Reuters) -- Light explosions shook Mexico's
"Volcano of Fire" for a seventh day on Wednesday but authorities said activity
inside the crater had steadied.
Colima Volcano, on the border of the western Mexican states of Jalisco
Colima, had been dormant since early this century until it sprang to life in
After a brief burst of activity, it quieted down until last week, when
out lava and clouds of noxious gas and forced evacuations from 11 nearby
It has continued to register light to moderate explosions over the past
days, spitting out giant boulders on Monday and forcing authorities to weigh
further evacuations on Tuesday.
But on Wednesday they said conditions inside the 14,319-foot (4,364-metre)
peak had not worsened.
"The volcano is stable but activity continues," Marita Oropeza, spokeswoman
for Jalisco's civilian protection force, said.
Located some 300 miles (480 km) northwest of Mexico City, the volcano has
registered dozens of medium- and low-intensity explosions since Feb. 10,
sending rocks, water vapour and dense clouds of gas into the sky. Lava has
also flowed down its slopes.
The zone around the crater is now in phase two of a three-phase alert.
are forbidden to come within 6.5 miles (10.5 km) of it, and authorities do not
rule out evacuations of up to 7,000 people living within 8.7 miles (14 km).
The volcano last erupted in 1913. Based on a cycle it has followed since
in which the volcano exhibits signs of activity about every 80 years,
volcanologists have been on standby for fresh activity since 1993.
Scientists and civil protection officials have been monitoring the volcano
constantly since the weekend and are ready to issue evacuation alerts if
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