Amazing time-lapse of Mexican volcano erupting

Video shows the moment ash is thrown 4,000 metres into the air

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A stunning time-lapse video from Mexico shows the moment the Colima volcano erupted, spurting ash 4,000 metres into the air.

The eruption was captured by a dashcam on Wednesday at roughly 9:13am, according to authorities. The volcano lies near Mexico's west coast, on the border of the states of Colima and Jalisco.

The time-lapse video shows a small white cloud of smoke soon explode into a huge plume of ash and gas, with the explosion not just dominating the skyline but the whole volcano itself becoming engulfed in smoke.

It was the second eruption from the volcano this week. Colima is one of the Mexico and North America's most active volcanoes, seeing over 40 eruptions since the 16th century.

The governor of the state, Mario Anguiano Moreno, said that because wind was making the ash from the eruption travel in a northeasterly direction, there would be no harm caused to the local population.

Authorities from the state civil protection agency did report that some residues had reached the nearby communities of Huescalapa, Los Mazos, Atenquique and Vista Hermosa.