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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 Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA EMISSION AT 30/1230Z

Sunday Oct 30, 2016 13:45 PM |

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

FVXX21 at 13:41 UTC, 30/10/16 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20161030/1339Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: COLIMA 341040
PSN: N1930 W10337

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 12631 FT [3850 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2016/419

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EMISSION AT 30/1230Z

OBS VA DTG: 30/1315Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL140 N1932 W10337 - N1929 W10336
- N1920 W10349 - N1925 W10353 - N1932 W10345 -
N1932 W10337 MOV SW 10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 30/1930Z SFC/FL140 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 31/0130Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 31/0730Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: T+0 CONFIDENCE HIGH. VA OBS IN STLT IMAGERY
MOVG SW FM SUMMIT AT 10KTS NEAR FL140. EMISSION
IS DISCRETE AND NOT ONGOING. VA FCSTD TO DISP WI
06HRS. WEBCAM IS CURRENTLY CLEAR AND NO VA
OBSERVED. ...RAMIREZ

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20161030/1945Z

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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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