Mexican authorities were forced to evacuate the small towns near Colima and Jalisco due to a fiery eruption of a volcano in the state of Colima. A video shows the volcano erupting four different times last night, shooting giant balls of fire into the sky!
The volcano is known as The Volcan de Colima. The volcano is part of the Colima Volcanic Complex consisting of Volcan de Colima, the eroded El Cantaro, and the Nevado de Colima. The Volcan de Colima is the youngest of the three; and the most active. It has erupted 40 times since 1576! One of the largest eruptions was on January 20-24, 1913.
The volcano is located about 430 miles west of Mexico City. Authorities have set up mile wide exclusion zones to keep people away from the dangerous Volcano, while they evacuated hundreds of nearby residents. Webcam footage of the volcano was on Good Morning America showing the volcano ejecting fireballs into the sky! Some people are wondering if this eruption has anything to do with the most recent earthquake activity. Residents were evacuated and transported to shelters.
The authorities set up exclusion zones of about 7 miles in Colima, and 5 miles in Jalisco. There were about 300 residents forced to evacuate. They all consisted of residents from two villages in the foothills of Volcan de Colima.
Hopefully, there will be no long-lasting effects on our atmosphere from the eruption. Volcanoes release dust and gas particles into our atmosphere, as well as layers of ashes. It is common for the area of the eruption to be significantly colder as the particles spewed from the volcano shades the earth of incoming radiation. The cooling effect can last up to months and even years, depending on the size of the eruption.
Volcanoes are also known to release greenhouse gasses into our atmosphere. These gasses usually consist of water vapor and carbon dioxide. There has been times where the volcano eruption was large enough to release such mass amount of carbon dioxide that it caused some global warming. Hopefully, the Volcano de Colima is done erupting its fiery wrath. The eruption of such molten and lava will definitely cause the formation of new and beautiful rocks. Let’s hope that is all of the long lasting effects we experience from this eruption.