The Volcan de Fuego (Volcano of Fire in English) began erupting on Thursday at 11 a.m. in the state of Colima, Mexico, and continued erupting over the next day eventually leading to an evacuation of 19 people, the Associated Press reported. The eruption shot ash higher than four miles into the air and spewed lava from the volcano.

The Volcan de Fuego is one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico, and authorities advised residents within a 3-mile radius to evacuate the area. According to a separate report from AP, civil protection authorities temporarily relocated residents in the village of Yerbabuena in the municipality of Colima. The same report said that officials from Yerbabuena had measured a full two inches of ash on the ground in the village.


The state of Colima is located on the western coast of Mexico, approximately 480 miles from Mexico City. The Volcan de Fuego is one of two volcanoes located 25 miles north of the city of Colima, in Colima state, in a national park. The second volcano, the Nevado de Colima, is dormant.


GettyImages-480406902 View of the Fire Volcano spewing ash from Tonila community, Jalisco State, Mexico, on July 11, 2015. Photo: Hector Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images

The Volcan de Fuego also erupted in January. The volcano is approximately 12,600 feet high and has erupted more than 30 times since the year 1585.