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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)
Stratovolcano 3850 m / 12,631 ft
Western Mexico, 19.51°N / -103.62°WCurrent status
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| ReportsColima volcano videosColima volcano books | ToursColima 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-ongoingTypical eruption style:
Dominantly explosive. Construction of lava domes, vulcanian eruptions and strombolian activity. In near-constant activity since 1994.Last earthquakes nearby
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Volcano news: Colima Volcano (Mexico)
Colima volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ONGOING EMS
Friday Dec 23, 2016 22:15 PM |
Satellite image of Colima volcano on 23 Dec 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report:
FVXX20 at 22:09 UTC, 23/12/16 from KNES
VOLCANO: COLIMA 341040
PSN: N1930 W10337
SUMMIT ELEV: 12631 FT [3850 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2016/508
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO. GFS
ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING EMS
OBS VA DTG: 23/2145Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1951 W10337 - N1949 W10325
- N1931 W10335 - N1931 W10339 - N1951 W10337 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 24/0400Z SFC/FL190 N2039 W10332
- N2023 W10252 - N1929 W10336 - N1932 W10339 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 24/1000Z SFC/FL190 N2043
W10332 - N2025 W10250 - N1931 W10334 - N1932
W10339 - N2043 W10332
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 24/1600Z SFC/FL190 N2046
W10342 - N2040 W10255 - N1929 W10335 - N1931
W10338 - N2046 W10342
RMK: T+0 CONFIDENCE IS HIGH. IMAGERY SHOWS NEW
EMS STARTING AT ABOUT 23/2045Z AND NOW EXTENDING
20 NMI NNE OF THE VOLCANO. ...SCHWARTZ
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20161224/0400Z
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. ...
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.
---Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institute - Colima information
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