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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 EM OBSERVED.

Tuesday Dec 13, 2016 19:15 PM |

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

FVXX21 at 19:02 UTC, 13/12/16 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20161213/1900Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: COLIMA
341040
PSN: N1930 W10337

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 12631 FT [3850
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2016/465

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING EM OBSERVED.

OBS VA
DTG: 13/1830Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL250 N1933 W10339 - N1928 W10336
- N1836
W10413 - N1857 W10441 - N1933 W10339 MOV
SW 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR:
14/0030Z SFC/FL250 N1919 W10358
- N1911 W10332 - N1746 W10504 - N1836
W10534 -
N1919 W10358

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 14/0630Z SFC/FL250 NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 14/1230Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: T+0 CONFIDENCE HIGH.
CONS VA EM. INCREASED
FL BASED ON CIMSS VOLCAT. PLUME EXTENDS 50 NM
SW
OF SUMMIT. ...SZATANEK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY
20161214/0100Z

Previous news
Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
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]

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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