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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: INTERMITTENT VA EM

Monday Dec 12, 2016 14:30 PM |

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

FVXX21 at 14:21 UTC, 12/12/16 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20161212/1419Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: COLIMA 341040
PSN: N1930 W10337

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 12631 FT [3850 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2016/459

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: INTERMITTENT VA EM

OBS VA DTG: 12/1230Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL150 N1944 W10340 - N1939 W10327
- N1919 W10337 - N1925 W10349 - N1944 W10340 MOV
S 0-5KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 12/1830Z SFC/FL150 N2001 W10342
- N1956 W10319 - N1908 W10340 - N1916 W10400 -
N2001 W10342

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 13/0030Z SFC/FL150 N1937
W10349 - N1929 W10332 - N1906 W10342 - N1911
W10404 - N1937 W10349

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 13/0630Z SFC/FL150 N1947
W10411 - N1940 W10339 - N1926 W10338 - N1911
W10403 - N1947 W10411

RMK: T+0 CONFIDENCE LOW. OCNL VA EM OBS IN WEB
CAMERA BUT NOT SEEN IN STLT. WINDS NEAR SUMMIT
AND AT FL150 ARE LIGHT AND VARIABLE. ...RUMINSKI

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20161212/2015Z

Previous news
Vulcanian explosion at Colima this morning (image: Webcams de Mexico)
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016
There are no significant changes, but it seems that the volcano has been a bit calmer during the past 24 hours. Small to moderate vulcanian explosions continue to occur, but their average frequency and strength seems to have diminished a bit. ... [more]
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Vulcanian explosion at Colima yesterday morning (photo: Hernando Rivera)
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016
The activity of the volcano is picking up: in particular, explosions have become more frequent and gradually larger in size. ... [more]
Saturday, Dec 10, 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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