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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: normal or dormant (1 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 EMS ARND 03/1445Z

Thursday Nov 03, 2016 16:00 PM |

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

FVXX23 at 15:49 UTC, 03/11/16 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20161103/1547Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: COLIMA
341040
PSN: N1930 W10337

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 12631 FT [3850
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2016/423

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EMS ARND 03/1445Z

OBS
VA DTG: 03/1515Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL180 N1941 W10343 - N1936 W10338
-
N1931 W10343 - N1934 W10347 - N1941 W10343 MOV
NW 10KT

FCST VA CLD
+6HR: 03/2130Z SFC/FL180 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 04/0330Z NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 04/0930Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: T+0 CONFIDENCE HIGH.
DISCRETE VA EMS
DETACHED FROM SUMMIT SEEN IN WEBCAM AND STLT
IMAGERY.
VA CLD IS 8 NMI NW OF SUMMIT MOV ARND 10
KTS TO THE NW. THE VA CLD
SHOULD DISP WITHIN 6
HRS. ...MICHAEL

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY
20161103/2145Z

Previous news
Wednesday, Nov 02, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Glowing avalanche from Colima's new lava dome yesterday morning (image: Hernando Rivera / facebook)
Tuesday, Nov 01, 2016
Effusive activity has again picked up at the volcano and a new lava dome started to grow inside the summit crater a few days ago. ... [more]
Sunday, Oct 30, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Sunday, Oct 23, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Colima volcano on 22 Oct 2016
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [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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