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Locaton of Colima volcano
Locaton of Colima volcano

Latest news:
Eruption of Colima volcano yesterday night (photo: Hernando Rivera)
Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015
The volcano continues to produce strong vulcanian-type explosions, with ash plumes rising 2-3 km above the volcano. [more]
Pyroclastic flow from Colima this morning
Friday, Mar 27, 2015
Strong explosions continue to occur. An eruption at 08:20 local time this morning produced several pyroclastic flows that traveled down the western flank of the volcano: ... [more]


Colima volcano

Stratovolcano 3850 m / 12,631 ft
Western Mexico, 19.51°N / -103.62°W
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
Colima webcams / live data
Last update: 31 Mar 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
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Thu, 9 Apr
Thu, 9 Apr 13:38 UTCM 3.4 / 42 km27 km18 km al NOROESTE de VILLA DE ALVAREZ, COL
Sun, 5 Apr
Sun, 5 Apr 17:17 UTCM 3.8 / 73 km45 km7 km al OESTE de COQUIMATLAN, COL
Thu, 2 Apr
Thu, 2 Apr 18:13 UTCM 3.4 / 10 km42 km15 km al NOROESTE de COQUIMATLAN, COL
Mon, 23 Mar
Mon, 23 Mar 06:43 UTCM 3.7 / 29 km30 km25 km al NOROESTE de VILLA DE ALVAREZ, 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.

Background:

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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