Mexico’s State Civil Protection and Fire Department of Jalisco (UEPCBJ) has said that it will continue to monitor the Colima Volcano, otherwise known as the Fire Volcano, as it continues to spew ash.
The volcano, which is one of the most active in North America, has been throwing ash and lava into the air since September.
But apart from a scare in October where 300 people had to be evacuated, experts had not been too concerned about the 3,839-meter mountain.
However, experts are now fearing the worst after a string of huge eruptions over the weekend, including four in quick succession on Friday, which saw ash thrown 1,000 metres into the air at one point.
Around 300,000 people live within 40 kilometres of Colima volcano so if a huge eruption did come, it could be potentially catastrophic.
The countries Civil Protection warned those in the neighbouring towns of Zapotiltic, San Gabriel, Gómez Farías, Tolimán, Autlán, El Grullo, Tuxpan, Zapotlán el Grande, Tamazula and Zapotitlán de Vadillo to stay alert. The website Volcano Discovery wrote: “The activity of the volcano is picking up: in particular, explosions have become more frequent and gradually larger in size. “While the active lava flow continues to creep down the southern flank along with incandescent rockfalls, alimented by the growing lava dome in the summit crater, vulcanian-type explosions of small to moderate size occur at rates of 1-3 per hour, producing ash plumes that rise up to approx. 3000 m and throw out many incandescent blocks onto the upper flanks of the volcano.”