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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: erupting (4 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: NEW VA EMS ARND 26/0745Z.

Monday Dec 26, 2016 09:15 AM |

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

FVXX20 at 09:10 UTC, 26/12/16 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20161226/0906Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: COLIMA
341040
PSN: N1930 W10337

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 12631 FT [3850
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2016/521

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EMS ARND
26/0745Z.

OBS VA DTG: 26/0845Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL240 N1951 W10310 -
N1928 W10334
- N1929 W10340 - N1950 W10358 - N1951 W10310 MOV
NW
10-15KT SFC/FL220 N2043 W10407 - N2032 W10404
- N2030 W10422 - N2043
W10425 - N2043 W10407 MOV
N 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 26/1500Z
SFC/FL240 N2018 W10237
- N1950 W10236 - N1945 W10305 - N2015 W10310
-
N2018 W10237 SFC/FL220 N2034 W10344 - N2005
W10336 - N1958 W10407 -
N2029 W10416 - N2034
W10344

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 26/2100Z SFC/FL240 NO
ASH
EXP SFC/FL220 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 27/0300Z NO ASH EXP

RMK:
T+0 CONFIDENCE HIGH. NEW EM ARND 26/0745Z IS MOV IN TWO
DIRECTIONS.
TWD THE NW-NNW AND EXTD ROUGHLY 20
NMI FR SUMMIT AND TWD NE-ENE AND
EXTD NEARLY 24
NMI FR SUMMIT. EARLIER EM FR 26/0200Z IS
BECOMING
DIFFICULT TO SEE AND IS CURRENTLY 84 NMI
NNW OF VOLCANO.
...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20161226/1500Z

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Sunday, Dec 25, 2016
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Sunday, Dec 25, 2016
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Saturday, Dec 24, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Colima volcano on 23 Dec 2016
Friday, Dec 23, 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Friday, Dec 23, 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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