Watch: Mexico's Volcano of Fire Erupts Four Times in a Row [VIDEO]
Volcán de Colima, more popularly known as Volcán de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, in Mexico has been unleashing ash, fire, and molten lava since the last week of November, forcing local residents of Colima and nearby villagers to leave their homes and evacuate to higher, safer ground, the Daily Mail writes.
To make matters worse, the 12,533-foot volcano, known to be one of the most active volcanos in Western Hemisphere, has reportedly exploded four times in a single night. A webcam footage of the violent volcanic explosion was captured on video by the volcano-monitoring organization, Webcams de Mexico.
Situated 430 miles west of Mexico City, the government has issued a mandatory evacuation order affected areas of Colima and Jalisco, and has advised those living in neighboring towns that may still be reached by volcanic ash fall to wear protective masks, keep their doors and windows closed, cover their drinking water tanks, and to use headlights if they must drive their cars, the Mirror reports.
According to the latest public service advisory issued by Volcano Discovery on December 11:
"There are no significant changes, but it seems that volcano has been calmer in the past 24 hours. Small to moderate vulcanian explosions continue to occur, but their average frequency and strength seems to have diminished a bit. The lava flow on the southern slope is still active, although there is very little advance and less rock falls than before, suggesting that it might be more or less cut off from its source at the dome or that the effusion rate has dropped for the moment."
Volcano of Fire is part of the prominent volcanic center of the western Mexican Volcanic Belt, the Colima Volcanic Complex (CVC), along with Nevado de Colima, Nevado de Colima. Although the youngest volcano among the three, the Volcano of Fire is classified as one of the most dangerous volcano in all of Mexico and North America.Over 20 years of scientific monitoring, experts say the Volcano of fire has erupted more than 30 times since 1585, with several eruptions in the 1990s being the most catastrophic.
Last year, another active volcano in Mexico made the headlines when alien hunters argued whether the orb-like images shown on a 24-hour live stream of Mt Popocatépetl released by Webcams de Mexico were actually a group unidentified flying objects (UFO).
Check out the video and see for yourself.