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Locaton of Colima volcano
Locaton of Colima volcano

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Eruption from Colima last night (photo: Hernando Rivera / facebook)
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015
Intermittent explosive activity continues with little changes. Another beautiful shot of an ash column with eruption lightning by our friend Hernando Rivera from Colima attached. ... [more]
Eruption from Colima volcano with lightning in eruption column on 15 Nov 2015 (image: Hernando Rivera)
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015
Explosions of small to moderate size continue to occur from time to time. The more violent and ash-rich ones produce eruption lightning as the one attached, taken by our friend Hernando on 15 Nov 2015. [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: 21 Nov 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 Strong explosion at Colima volcano in Feb 2015
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Fri, 27 Nov
Fri, 27 Nov 21:16 UTCM 3.2 / 18 km21 km24 km al NOROESTE de VILLA DE ALVAREZ, COL
Fri, 27 Nov 12:22 UTCM 2.9 / 17 km28 km20 km al NOROESTE de VILLA DE ALVAREZ, COL
Wed, 25 Nov
Wed, 25 Nov 11:31 UTCM 3.2 / 41 km20 km19 km al NOROESTE de VILLA DE ALVAREZ, COL
Tue, 3 Nov
Tue, 3 Nov 08:12 UTCM 3.2 / 5 km6 km27 km al SUROESTE de CD GUZMAN, JAL
Sat, 31 Oct
Sat, 31 Oct 18:54 UTCM 3.4 / 32 km40 km6 km al SURESTE 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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