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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: restless (2 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: OCNL EM

Tuesday Jan 10, 2017 12:15 PM |

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

FVXX21 at 12:13 UTC, 10/01/17 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20170110/1211Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: COLIMA
341040
PSN: N1930 W10337

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 12631 FT [3850
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2017/054

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: OCNL EM

OBS VA DTG: 10/1145Z

OBS VA CLD:
SFC/FL190 N1905 W10408 - N1855 W10359
- N1747 W10456 - N1844 W10532 -
N1905 W10408 MOV
SW 5-10KT SFC/FL190 N1935 W10338 - N1926 W10331
-
N1917 W10342 - N1927 W10349 - N1935 W10338 MOV SW
5-10KT

FCST VA CLD
+6HR: 10/1800Z SFC/FL190 N1937 W10340
- N1923 W10326 - N1753 W10435 -
N1837 W10516 -
N1937 W10340

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 11/0000Z SFC/FL190
N1938
W10342 - N1926 W10326 - N1739 W10418 - N1813
W10515 - N1938
W10342

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 11/0600Z SFC/FL190 N1940
W10343 - N1925
W10327 - N1749 W10445 - N1834
W10534 - N1940 W10343

RMK: T+0
CONFIDENCE HIGH. STLT IMAGERY SHOWED
REMNANT VA CLD STRETCHING FROM
THE COAST TO A
POINT 125 NM SW OF THE SUMMIT. WEB CAM SHOWED NEW
EM
ARND 1155Z. LTL CHANGE IN FCST OF FUTURE EM
OVR NEXT 18 HRS.
...TURK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20170110/1815Z

Previous news
Vulcanian eruption at Colima yesterday morning (image: Hernando Rivera)
Monday, Jan 09, 2017
Explosions continue to occur at the volcano. Although their frequency has decreased a lot compared to a few weeks ago, now often with intervals of 10+ hours, they are now often stronger, generating ash columns that rise 3-4 km above the volcano's summit crater and showering the entire flank with incandescent bombs such as the one our friend Hernando took yesterday morning (attached image). ... [more]
Satellite image of Colima volcano on  9 Jan 2017
Monday, Jan 09, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Monday, Jan 09, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
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]

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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