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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: minor activity or eruption warning (3 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 Volcanic Ash Advisory: DISCRETE EMS

Friday Aug 26, 2016 14:30 PM |

Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report:

FVXX20 at 14:00 UTC, 26/08/16 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20160826/1358Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: COLIMA 341040
PSN: N1930 W10337

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 12631 FT [3850 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2016/317

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO. GFS
WINDS. VOLCANO WEB CAMERA.

ERUPTION DETAILS: DISCRETE EMS

OBS VA DTG: 26/1345Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL170 N1935 W10337 - N1931 W10326
- N1920 W10333 - N1929 W10340 - N1935 W10337 MOV
SE 0-5KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 26/2000Z SFC/FL170 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 27/0200Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 27/0800Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA SEEN MOVING SW OF SUMMIT IN WEBCAM AND
STLT IMAGERY. VA EXPECTED TO DISP OVER NEXT
6HRS. MEXICO CITY REPORTS VA TO FL170. ...SALEMI

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20160826/2000Z

Previous news
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Eruption at Colima volcano this morning
Sunday, Aug 14, 2016
The volcano's activity seems to have picked up a little bit. Several explosions occurred today, producing ash plumes that rose to up to 14-18,000 ft (4-6 km) altitude and dispersed into westerly directions. ... [more]
Eruption at Colima volcano yesterday evening
Friday, Jul 29, 2016
Intermittent explosions continue at the volcano from time to time, but with comparably low intensity. No or little glow is visible from the volcano's summit at night, suggesting that the magma column is relatively deep inside the conduit currently. [more]
Small eruption of Colima this morning (Webcams de Mexico)
Wednesday, Jun 01, 2016
The activity of the volcano remains essentially unchanged, currently relatively low: infrequent small to moderate explosions produce ash plumes that rise 1-2 km, accompanying the very slow growth of a lava dome inside the summit crater. [more]
Eruption plume from Colima last evening (Webcams de Mexico)
Friday, May 20, 2016
The activity of the volcano has remained essentially unchanged over the past months and is currently relatively low. ... [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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