Just this morning some amazing video hit the web, dramatic images of a volcanic eruption in Mexico. The footage was captured Sunday, two days ago (February 15, 2015) by a webcam near the mountain of Colima, located in the state of Jalisco (and a sliver in the neighboring state of Colima for which it’s named) in western Mexico. The video is 45 seconds long but pretty amazing, as you can see!
This part of Mexico is very active, geologically speaking. A different volcano was caught on webcam back in the summer of 2013 under similar circumstances. Colima is one of the most active volcanoes in this part of the world. As various populated areas are located near it, geologists have singled it out for particular study. Numerous times, villagers have been evacuated pending an eruption, beginning in 1991 and repeated again throughout the succeeding decades. The largest recent eruption was in May 2005. The most recent period of volcanic activity began in November 2014. Sunday’s dramatic eruption follows several similar events since January.
As my academic research involves volcanoes, I’m always interested when a large eruption occurs. (I have interesting memories of the Pinatubo eruption of 1991). It’s pretty rare for something like this to be caught on film as it happens!