Volcano news: Colima Volcano (Mexico)
Colima volcano (Mexico): strong explosion, ash to 29,000 ft
Wednesday Jan 21, 2015 18:53 PM | BY: T
Initial stage of the eruption at Colima this morning (photo: Sunao (Tom) Tobaru @coloneltobaru / twitter)A strong vulcanian-type explosion occurred this morning at 09:15 from the volcano's summit. An ash column rose more than 4 km above the summit, reaching eventually estimated approx. 29,000 ft (9 km) altitude and drifting NE.
A small pyroclastic flow that descended the steep slope of the volcano was generated during the explosion.
Ash fall occurred in Tuxpan, Zapotiltic and Ciudad Guzmán in the Jalisco district.
Sunday, Jan 18, 2015
Frequent small to moderate explosions occur at the volcano's summit lava dome. Thanks to the new webcam from webcamsdemexico.com, this activity can now be followed more closely. [more]
Saturday, Jan 03, 2015
Activity of the volcano remains stable at low to moderate levels. Viscous lava is being extruded at the summit crater, forming a flat lava dome that is overspilling in several places, producing a short lava flow and incandescent rockfalls. ... [more]
Sunday, Nov 30, 2014
An explosion occurred this morning and produced a plume that rose to approx 5 km altitude and drifted 80 km to the northeast before dissipating. [more]
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014
A strong explosion occurred yesterday afternoon, producing a 5 km tall ash plume. ... [more]
Sunday, Sep 21, 2014
The volcano's activity has picked up again recently. A new viscous lava flow has started to descend on the volcano's SW flank. ... [more]
Background: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