Hamlets evacuated as Colima volcano erupts

2016-10-01 21:26
Steam and ash rises from the Colima volcano. (Dario Lopez-Mills, AP)

Steam and ash rises from the Colima volcano. (Dario Lopez-Mills, AP)

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Mexico City - Eruptions at the Colima volcano in western Mexico have led authorities to evacuate two small 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.

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 3 820m volcano is 690km northwest of Mexico City.

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