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Mar 30, 2015

04:50:28 GMT--Volcano Eruption - North-America - Mexico

EDIS Number: VE-20150212-46967-MEX

Date / time: 12/02/2015 04:28:01 [UTC]

Event: Volcano Eruption

Area: North-America

Country: Mexico

State/County: Jalisco / Colima

Location: [Colima Volcano]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


A mesmerizing time-lapse video shows a Mexican volcano's explosive eruption - spewing ash high into the sky. The Colima volcano exploded around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday and sent an ash column about 29,000 feet into the air. More than five minutes of the vulcanian eruption, which ejects lava fragments and lots of volcanic ash, were condensed into 30 seconds for the clip. Erik W. Klemetti, a volcanologist in Denison University's geosciences program, explains that the Colima volcano shoots out sticky lava when gases trapped inside new magma collect, causing pressure to build in the vent. "It's sort of like popping a champagne cork once that pressure is released," Klemetti said in an interview with Yahoo News. "All the bubbles popping in the magma are enough to create that huge column of ash." A small pyroclastic flow - or quick current of hot gas and rock - traveled down the mountain's steep slope, according to Volcano Discovery. The science site says residue from the blast drifted northeast and fell across several cities in Jalisco state.

Event updates:

Situation Update No. 2 on 2015-03-27 at 04:50:09.

Situation Update No. 1 on 2015-02-13 at 04:24:46.

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