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19 evacuated as volcano spews ash

Published 11/07/2015

Smoke and ash rise from the Colima volcano, also known as the Volcano of Fire, near the town of Comala, Mexico (AP Photo/Sergio Tapiro Velasco)
Smoke and ash rise from the Colima volcano, also known as the Volcano of Fire, near the town of Comala, Mexico (AP Photo/Sergio Tapiro Velasco)

Nineteen people were evacuated from their homes in a village in western Mexico when the Colima volcano began spewing ash and cinders.

The volcano began erupting on Thursday and has become increasingly active, leading officials to relocate people from the community of Yerbabuena in the municipality of Comala.

Civil Protection officials said today that the residents were taken to a temporary shelter. People in other communities were evacuating voluntarily.

The department reported that 2in (5cm) of ash had fallen on Yerbabuena.

The Colima volcano, which sits near the border of the western states of Colima and Jalisco, is also known as the Volcano of Fire.

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