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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 EMS

Thursday Dec 22, 2016 12:30 PM |

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

FVXX20 at 12:28 UTC, 22/12/16 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20161222/1222Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: COLIMA
341040
PSN: N1930 W10337

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 12631 FT [3850
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2016/502

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING EMS

OBS VA DTG: 22/1145Z

OBS VA
CLD: SFC/FL200 N2049 W10608 - N2043 W10552
- N2027 W10558 - N2034
W10612 - N2049 W10608 MOV
NW 15KT SFC/FL200 N2023 W10504 - N1945
W10420 -
N1929 W10420 - N2002 W10506 - N2023 W10504 MOV NW
15KT
SFC/FL200 N1943 W10401 - N1942 W10350 -
N1925 W10353 - N1928 W10404 -
N1943 W10401 MOV NW
15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 22/1800Z SFC/FL200 N2047
W10511
- N2047 W10451 - N1952 W10518 - N2005 W10529 -
N2047 W10511

FCST
VA CLD +12HR: 23/0000Z SFC/FL200 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR:
23/0600Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: T+0 CONFIDENCE IS HIGH. SUCCESSIVE PLUMES
OF
VA SEEN IN STLT IMAGERY MOV NW. TWO VA PLUMES
FM EARLIER EM IS APPROX
150 NM AND 90 NM AWAY FM
THE SUMMIT. NEW VA EM APPROX 20 NM AWAY FM
THE
SUMMIT EXPTD TO MOV MORE W THE NEXT 12 HRS. ...KIM

NXT ADVISORY:
WILL BE ISSUED BY 20161222/1815Z

Previous news
Eruption at Colima last night
Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016
Explosions continue to be frequent at the volcano (intervals of 1-2 hours average). At the same time, the lava flow on the southern slope remains weakly active. ... [more]
Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Moderately strong vulcanian explosion at Colima last night
Monday, Dec 19, 2016
The extrusive-explosive activity of the volcano continues with no significant changes. ... [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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