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Locaton of Colima volcano
Locaton of Colima volcano

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Explosion from Colima yesterday (photo: Hernando Rivera / facebook)
Wednesday, Sep 09, 2015
Explosions of small to moderate size continue to occur from time to time at the volcano, such as the one on the attached photo from yesterday, taken by Hernando Rivera. [more]
Aerial photo of Colima's crater on 25 Aug, now approx. 60 m deep (photo: Carlos Navarro / Universidad de Colima)
Monday, Aug 31, 2015
Explosions continue to occur from time to time at the volcano. During an overflight on 25 August, researchers from the University of Colima found that as a result of the explosions, the crater had been deepened by 20 meters during the past 2 weeks and is now approx. 60 m deep and 270 m wide, similar to what it was after the large eruption in 1913. ... [more]


Colima volcano

Stratovolcano 3850 m / 12,631 ft
Western Mexico, 19.51°N / -103.62°W
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
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Last update: 9 Sep 2015
Typical eruption style: Dominantly explosive. Construction of lava domes, vulcanian eruptions and strombolian activity. In near-constant activity since 1994.
Colima volcano eruptions: 1519, 1560, 1576, 1585, 1590, 1602(?), 1606, 1611-1613, 1622, 1690, 1711, 1743(?), 1744, 1749(?),1769, 1770, 1771, 1780, 1794, 1795, 1804, 1806-1809, 1818, 1819, 1866, 1869, 1870-71, 1872-73, 1874, 1875-78, 1879-80, 1880-81, 1882-84, 1885-1886, 1887, 1889-90, 1890, 1891-92, 1893-1902, 1903, 1904-1906, 1908-09, 1913, 1926-1931(?), 1941(?), 1957-1960, 1961-62, 1963-70, 1973(?), 1975-76, 1977-1982, 1983(?), 1985-86, 1987, 1988(?), 1991, 1994, 1997-2011, 2013-ongoing
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Thu, 8 Oct
Thu, 8 Oct 08:42 UTCM 3.7 / 100 km13 km19 km al NORTE de VILLA DE ALVAREZ, COL
Wed, 7 Oct
Wed, 7 Oct 03:45 UTCM 3.5 / 84 km39 km21 km al NOROESTE de COQUIMATLAN, COL
Tue, 6 Oct
Tue, 6 Oct 09:55 UTCM 3.8 / 86 km42 km20 km al NOROESTE de COQUIMATLAN, COL
Thu, 1 Oct
Thu, 1 Oct 21:08 UTCM 3.0 / 25 km39 km4 km al NOROESTE de COQUIMATLAN, COL
Thu, 1 Oct 15:40 UTCM 2.9 / 28 km35 km8 km al NOROESTE de COQUIMATLAN, COL
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Colima volcano is one of the most active in Central America and one of the potentially most dangerous ones. It has had more than 30 periods of eruptions since 1585, including several significant eruptions in the late 1990s. Scientific monitoring of the volcano began 20 years ago.


The Colima volcanic complex is the most prominent volcanic center of the western Mexican Volcanic Belt. It consists of two southward-younging volcanoes, Nevado de Colima (the 4320 m high point of the complex) on the north and the 3850-m-high historically active Volcán de Colima at the south.

A group of cinder cones of probable late-Pleistocene age is located on the floor of the Colima graben west and east of the Colima complex. Volcán de Colima (also known as Volcán Fuego) is a youthful stratovolcano constructed within a 5-km-wide caldera, breached to the south, that has been the source of large debris avalanches. Major slope failures have occurred repeatedly from both the Nevado and Colima cones, and have produced a thick apron of debris-avalanche deposits on three sides of the complex. Frequent historical eruptions date back to the 16th century. Occasional major explosive eruptions (most recently in 1913) have destroyed the summit and left a deep, steep-sided crater that was slowly refilled and then overtopped by lava dome growth.

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