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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: ONGOING VA EMS.

Friday Dec 09, 2016 02:45 AM |

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

FVXX21 at 02:37 UTC, 09/12/16 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20161209/0235Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: COLIMA
341040
PSN: N1930 W10337

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 12631 FT [3850
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2016/440

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 09/0145Z

OBS
VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N2042 W10209 - N2003 W10143
- N1924 W10335 - N1936
W10339 - N2042 W10209 MOV
NE 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 09/0800Z
SFC/FL200 N2107 W10137
- N2011 W10107 - N1925 W10337 - N1936 W10340
-
N2107 W10137

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 09/1400Z SFC/FL200 N2108
W10135 -
N2012 W10102 - N1925 W10336 - N1935
W10340 - N2108 W10135

FCST VA CLD
+18HR: 09/2000Z SFC/FL200 N2109
W10132 - N2011 W10101 - N1922 W10332 -
N1935
W10340 - N2109 W10132

RMK: T+0 CONFIDENCE HIGH. ONGOING VA EMS
SEEN IN
STLT IMAGERY WITH MULTIPLE EMS ALSO SEEN IN
WEBCAM. VA EXTD
ROUGHLY 100 NM TO THE NE OF THE
SUMMIT. MODEL WINDS CONT NE DIR
THROUGH +18 HRS.
...WHISNANT

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY
20161209/0830Z

Previous news
Thursday, Dec 08, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Colima volcano on  7 Dec 2016
Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Monday, Nov 28, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Monday, Nov 28, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Sunday, Nov 27, 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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