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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)
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)


Colima volcano
Stratovolcano 3850 m / 12,631 ft
Western Mexico, 19.51°N / -103.62°W
Current status: restless (2 out of 5)
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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
Typical eruption style:
Dominantly explosive. Construction of lava domes, vulcanian eruptions and strombolian activity. In near-constant activity since 1994.
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Volcano news: Colima Volcano (Mexico)

Colima volcano (Mexico): intense explosive activity

Wednesday Dec 16, 2015 08:55 AM | BY: T

Eruption lightning from Colima on 14 Dec 2015 (image: Sergio Tapiro)
Eruption lightning from Colima on 14 Dec 2015 (image: Sergio Tapiro)
Tephra-loaden eruption column during an eruption on 14 Dec (image: Hernando Rivera)
Tephra-loaden eruption column during an eruption on 14 Dec (image: Hernando Rivera)
Activity at the volcano remains elevated. Moderate to strong vulcanian explosions occur every few hours.
Attached is a fantastic image showing volcanic lightning during such an explosion on 14 Dec, taken by Sergio Tapiro.
Previous news
Explosion at Colima this morning (last evening in Mexico)
Wednesday, Dec 09, 2015
Explosive activity at the volcano remains quite intense. On average every 2-3 hours, vulcanian explosions occur from the summit vent, producing ash plumes (often with lightning) of up to 3-4 km height and showering the flanks with incandescent ejecta. [more]
Explosion from Colima volcano on 25 Nov (image: Hernando Rivera)
Tuesday, Dec 01, 2015
Intermittent explosions of small to moderate, sometimes large size continue to occur at the volcano. Attached image from 25 Nov shows a moderately large event. [more]
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]
Ash column from an explosion at Colima volcano today
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015
The volcano continues to produce intermittent explosions of small to moderate size, typically a few times per day, that generate ash plumes that rise up to 2-3 km above the volcano. ... [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.
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Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institute - Colima information

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