Colima volcano spews ash more than 9,800 feet high

A fall of ash is expected as a result.
The event occurred at 7:42 a.m. (Photo: taken from @webcamsdemexico)
08/08/2015
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The Colima volcano spewed at 7:42 a.m. this morning a column of smoke more than 9,800 feet high, and it's expected a fall of ash in its vicinity as a result, according to a warning by the coordinator of Civil Protection, Luis Felipe Puente.

"At 7:42 an exhalation of more than 3000 meters from #VolcanColima possible fall of ash" wrote Puente on his Twitter account (@LUISFELIPE_P), where also shared a picture of the colossus taken by @webcamsdemexico.

Using computer graphics, he explained that the dispersal of ash will be of fragmented material, less than two millimeters in diameter, which is produced during the explosive eruptions and is determined by the direction and speed of the wind.

He pointed out that historically the rain of ash has reached distances of 18 to 30 miles, with a thickness of 10 millimeters, over a radius of some four miles.

Puente also warned that the volcanic material can damage nearby towns or harm people and if ballistic rock fragments can cause fires in the forest and nearby houses.

In this regard, Puente urged people to be aware of the volcano activity and follow the indications of the civil protection authorities.

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