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Locaton of Colima volcano
Locaton of Colima volcano

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Fri, 21 Jun 2019, 16:05
Intermittent steam-and-gas emissions as well as small explosions continue from the volcano's summit crater, mainly from the NE side of the crater. ... read all


Colima volcano

Stratovolcano 3850 m / 12,631 ft
Western Mexico, 19.51°N / -103.62°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)
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Last update: 30 Nov 2019 (Volcanic Ash Advisory)
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
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Wed, 7 Oct 2020 (UTC)
2020-10-07 14:26:00 (Hora de México) (7 Oct 19:26:00 UTC)M 3.7 / 50 km20 km17 Km Al OESTE De CD GUZMAN, JAL, Mexico
Mon, 28 Sep 2020 (UTC)
2020-09-28 03:59:52 (Hora de México) (28 Sep 08:59:52 UTC)M 3.3 / 11 km26 km8 Km Al NOROESTE De VILLA DE ALVAREZ, COL, Mexico
Fri, 11 Sep 2020 (UTC)
2020-09-11 15:45:42 (Hora de México) (11 Sep 20:45:42 UTC)M 3.1 / 98 km22 km15 Km Al SUROESTE De TECALITLAN, JAL (Mexico)
Mon, 31 Aug 2020 (UTC)
2020-08-31 13:45:45 (Hora de México) (31 Aug 18:45:45 UTC)M 3.6 / 56 km10 km17 Km Al SUROESTE De CD GUZMAN, JAL (Mexico)
Sat, 29 Aug 2020 (UTC)
2020-08-29 11:21:23 (Hora de México) (29 Aug 16:21:23 UTC)M 3.3 / 8 km16 km34 Km Al NORTE De VILLA DE ALVAREZ, COL (Mexico)
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Colima volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in North 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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colima_j17577a.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
colima_j17577a.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Steaming Colima volcano in Mexico with an active lava flow, mirrored in a small lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Steaming Colima volcano in Mexico with an active lava flow, mirrored in a small lake. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Night-time view of Colima volcano with an active lava flow (July 2015). (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Night-time view of Colima volcano with an active lava flow (July 2015). (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)

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