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In this photo released by the civil defense unit of the state government of Jalisco, the eruption plume from the initial stage of the powerful vulcanian explosion at Colima volcano on May 23, 2005, has been captured on film. The collapsing eruption column loaded with ash and rock fragments has not yet fully developed, but the flanks of the volcano are already covered by the impacts of ballistics. (AP Photo/Proteccion Civil del estado de Jalisco-HO)
Stratovolcano 3850 m / 12,631 ft
Western Mexico, 19.51°N / -103.62°WCurrent status
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| ReportsColima volcano videosColima volcano books | ToursColima 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-ongoingTypical eruption style:
Dominantly explosive. Construction of lava domes, vulcanian eruptions and strombolian activity. In near-constant activity since 1994.Last earthquakes nearby
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Volcano news: Colima Volcano (Mexico)
Fri, 10 Nov 2017, 05:12
Summit crater of Colima volcano seen from the east on 9 Nov 2017
The volcano has been calm (at least at the surface) during the past months. Only a weak gas and steam plume is rising from the summit crater left after the explosive eruptions in January this year. ...more
Sat, 26 Aug 2017, 16:52
Seismic signal from Colima on 25 Aug 2017 (image: University of Colima)
There are signs that the volcano might be entering a new eruptive phase. Along with an increase of volcanic earthquakes, a small explosion was observed yesterday night (at 00:50 local time on 25 Aug 2017). ...more
Wed, 31 May 2017, 16:32
The volcano has remained calm since the series of powerful explosions in Jan-Feb this year. A recent report by scientists from the Universidad de Colima mentioned ongoing seismic activity as well as very week explosions.
Wed, 8 Mar 2017, 01:15
Satellite image of Colima volcano on 8 Mar 2017
Tue, 14 Feb 2017, 05:45
Sun, 12 Feb 2017, 14:38
Weak ash emission from Colima this morning
The volcano has remained very calm, with only a few and small ash emissions occurring at intervals of many hours. Since the violent explosion on 3 Feb afternoon, no more vulcanian eruptions have occurred. ...more
Sat, 11 Feb 2017, 07:45
Mon, 6 Feb 2017, 05:15
Sun, 5 Feb 2017, 10:30
Sun, 5 Feb 2017, 08:56
Powerful explosion of Colima Friday afternoon 17:05 local time
A large vulcanian explosion happened on Friday afternoon (around 17:30 local time), generating an ash column that rose approx 4 km and generated a pyroclastic flow on the eastern flank. ...more
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Colima volcano is one of the most active 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.
---Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institute - Colima information
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