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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.

Tuesday Dec 13, 2016 05:45 AM |

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

FVXX21 at 05:31 UTC, 13/12/16 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20161213/0528Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: COLIMA
341040
PSN: N1930 W10337

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 12631 FT [3850
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2016/462

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA
EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 13/0500Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1921 W10346 - N1901
W10343
- N1901 W10359 - N1914 W10400 - N1921 W10346 MOV
0KT

FCST VA
CLD +6HR: 13/1100Z SFC/FL220 N1834 W10437
- N1814 W10429 - N1810
W10446 - N1825 W10449 -
N1834 W10437 SFC/FL200 N1932 W10341 -
N1929
W10336 - N1915 W10346 - N1925 W10355 - N1932
W10341

FCST VA CLD
+12HR: 13/1700Z SFC/FL220 N1759
W10536 - N1744 W10531 - N1743 W10543 -
N1755
W10543 - N1759 W10536 SFC/FL200 N1934 W10338 -
N1928 W10338 -
N1917 W10356 - N1930 W10359 -
N1934 W10338

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 13/2300Z
SFC/FL220 NO ASH
EXPSFC/FL200 N1934 W10337 - N1929 W10338 -
N1918
W10356 - N1930 W10359 - N1934 W10337

RMK: MOST RECENT VA EMS
ARND 13/0300Z IS
APPROXIMATELY 30 NM SSW-SW OF SUMMIT. FURTHER EMS
CAN
BE EXPECTED BASED ON RECENT ACT. ...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE
ISSUED BY 20161213/1130Z

Previous news
Monday, Dec 12, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
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]

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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