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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 EM

Wednesday Dec 14, 2016 12:45 PM |

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

FVXX21 at 12:39 UTC, 14/12/16 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20161214/1237Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: COLIMA
341040
PSN: N1930 W10337

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 12631 FT [3850
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2016/468

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. GFS WINDS. VOLCAT.


ERUPTION DETAILS: INTERMITTENT EM

OBS VA DTG: 14/1145Z

OBS VA CLD:
SFC/FL200 N1927 W10410 - N1913 W10358
- N1907 W10410 - N1924 W10417 -
N1927 W10410 MOV
SW 10-15KT SFC/FL250 N1940 W10353 - N1934 W10335
-
N1926 W10334 - N1928 W10357 - N1940 W10353 MOV
W 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD
+6HR: 14/1800Z SFC/FL250 NO ASH
EXP SFC/FL200 N1941 W10335 - N1926
W10332 - N1902
W10432 - N1928 W10443 - N1941 W10335

FCST VA CLD +12HR:
15/0000Z SFC/FL200 N1948
W10453 - N1941 W10335 - N1922 W10334 -
N1928
W10452 - N1948 W10453

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 15/0600Z SFC/FL200
N1958
W10449 - N1937 W10331 - N1923 W10337 - N1941
W10456 - N1958
W10449

RMK: STLT IMAGERY SHOWED ONE VA CLD TO FL200
CENTERED 35 NM S
OF THE SUMMIT AND ANOTHER VA CLD
TO FL250 CENTERED 11 NM W OF THE
SUMMIT. FUTURE
EM TO FL200 FCST TO MOV SW INITIALLY BUT VEERING
NW OVR
18 HRS. ...TURK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20161214/1830Z

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

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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