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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: EARLIER EM AT 08/2220Z AND NEW

Monday Jan 09, 2017 04:30 AM |

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

FVXX21 at 04:24 UTC, 09/01/17 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20170109/0420Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: COLIMA
341040
PSN: N1930 W10337

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 12631 FT [3850
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2017/047

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO.
GFS
WINDS. NAM WINDS. HYSPLIT.

ERUPTION DETAILS: EARLIER EM AT
08/2220Z AND NEW
EM ARND 09/0215Z.

OBS VA DTG: 09/0400Z

OBS VA CLD:
SFC/FL180 N1931 W10340 - N1928 W10337
- N1830 W10349 - N1719 W10429 -
N1810 W10542 -
N1917 W10405 - N1931 W10340 MOV SW 15-20KT
SFC/FL250
N1916 W10339 - N1854 W10207 - N1818
W10120 - N1740 W10404 - N1916
W10339 MOV SE
15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 09/1000Z SFC/FL180 N1905
W10425
- N1844 W10346 - N1537 W10440 - N1653 W10834 -
N1905 W10425
SFC/FL250 N1734 W10034 - N1632
W10008 - N1539 W10436 - N1643 W10416 -
N1734
W10034

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 09/1600Z SFC/FL180 N1932
W10341 - N1929
W10337 - N1801 W10359 - N1844
W10506 - N1932 W10341 SFC/FL250 NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 09/2200Z SFC/FL180 N1931
W10337 - N1800 W10357 -
N1839 W10515 - N1931
W10337

RMK: T+0 CONFIDENCE HIGH. THE 08/2220Z
VA EM
EXTDS 115 NM SW-S AND 125 NM S-SE OF VOLCANO. THE
VA IS MOV
FARTHER SE THAN PREVIOUS FCST. NEW VA EM
AT 08/0215Z EXTDS 30 SSW-SW
OF VOLCANO.
FURTHER EMS CAN BE EXPECTED BASED ON RECENT
ACT.
...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20170109/1015Z

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Sunday, Jan 08, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Satellite image of Colima volcano on  7 Jan 2017
Saturday, Jan 07, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Saturday, Jan 07, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Friday, Jan 06, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Thursday, Jan 05, 2017
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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