Mexico's Volcán de Colima, or 'Fire volcano', spewed a large column of gas and ash some 2,500m high into a blue sky yesterday (19 January 2016). According to officials, the latest eruption took place at 8.30am local time. The morning explosion was preceded by an eruption of incandescent rock at the volcano's mouth at 11pm local time on 18 January.

The Colima volcano is part of the Pacific's Ring of Fire. Mexico has more than 3,000 volcanoes, but only 14 are considered active. Major eruptions in Mexican history have included the 1953 eruption of the Paricutin Volcano in Michoacan, the 1982 eruption of Tacana Volcano in Chiapas and the 1986 eruption of Colima.