Colima volcano erupts
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Residents warned to watch for falling ash and rock

The Colima Volcano was looking lively for Christmas with eruptions on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and again today.

Yesterday's sent ash and smoke skyward to a height of 2.2 kilometers, prompting more warnings from federal Civil Protection authorities.

Falling chunks of rock of up to 50 centimeters in diameter and ash are the two dangers to watch for by anyone in the vicinity of the volcano.

Civil Protection, state authorities in Jalisco and Colima and the University of Colima maintain ongoing monitoring of the active volcano, also known as the Volcano of Fire, to keep area residents informed of any danger.

In the event of ash fall, they say, a damp cloth or face mask should be used to cover the nose and mouth and the use of contact lenses should be avoided. The eyes and throat should be kept clean with pure water.

The volcano straddles Jalisco and Colima and has been erupting regularly.