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Mexico’s ‘Volcano of Fire’ erupts forcing hundreds to be evacuated

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Mexico’s ‘Fire’ volcano erupts, lava starts pouring down its side
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MEXICO CITY – Eruptions at the Colima volcano in western Mexico have led authorities to evacuate hundreds of people from three hamlets on the volcano’s slopes.

The government of the state of Colima said 230 people had been evacuated from the hamlet of La Becerra and 80 from Yerbabuena. Civil defence officials said some went to a shelter in the town of Comala.

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Authorities in the neighbouring state of Jalisco evacuated residents of another hamlet, known as Juan Barragan.

Friday’s eruption sent lava or glowing rocks down the volcano’s flanks and a column of ash and vapour into the air.

Also known as the Volcano of Fire, the 12,533-foot (3,820-meter) volcano is 430 miles (690 kilometres) northwest of Mexico City.

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