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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: EXPLOSIVE EM AT 03/1351Z

Tuesday Jan 03, 2017 16:00 PM |

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

FVXX20 at 15:54 UTC, 03/01/17 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20170103/1515Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: COLIMA
341040
PSN: N1930 W10337

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 12631 FT [3850
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2017/016

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: EXPLOSIVE EM AT
03/1351Z

OBS VA DTG: 03/1445Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL150 N1934 W10337 -
N1928 W10333 -
N1922 W10346 - N1928 W10349 - N1934 W10337 MOV SW
10KT
SFC/FL250 N1943 W10332 - N1942 W10320
- N1926 W10320 - N1928 W10331 -
N1943 W10332 MOV
E 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 03/2100Z SFC/FL150 NO ASH
EXP
SFC/FL250 N1958 W10159 - N1922 W10159 - N1923 W10217
- N1957
W10219 - N1958 W10159

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 04/0300Z SFC/FL250 NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 04/0900Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: T+0 CONFIDENCE HIGH.
EXPLOSIVE EM HAS
RESULTED IN VA TO FL250 EXT 17 NM TO THE NE AND E
OF
THE SUMMIT WHILE VA TO FL150 EXTD 11 NM TO THE
SW. ...TURK

NXT
ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20170103/2115Z

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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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