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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: NEW EMS OF VA AROUND 01/0120Z

Wednesday Jan 11, 2017 01:45 AM |

Satellite image of Colima volcano on 11 Jan 2017
Satellite image of Colima volcano on 11 Jan 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report:

FVXX21 at 01:43 UTC, 11/01/17 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20170111/0141Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: COLIMA
341040
PSN: N1930 W10337

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 12631 FT [3850
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2017/057

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW EMS OF VA AROUND
01/0120Z

OBS VA DTG: 11/0115Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1813 W10505 -
N1803 W10451
- N1753 W10456 - N1806 W10512 - N1813 W10505 MOV
SW
15-20KT SFC/FL220 N1933 W10338 - N1929 W10335
- N1925 W10338 - N1928
W10341 - N1933 W10338 MOV
SW 20-25KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 11/0730Z
SFC/FL220 N1905 W10408
- N1902 W10354 - N1833 W10404 - N1843 W10427
-
N1905 W10408

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 11/1330Z SFC/FL220 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA
CLD +18HR: 11/1930Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: T=0 CONFIDENCE IS HIGH. MEXICO
CITY REPORTS
NEW EMS TO FL220 MOVING SW. AREA OF ALMOST
DISSIPATED VA
FROM PREVIOUS EMS SEEN ABOUT 120
NMI SW OF VOLCANO. ...SCHWARTZ

NXT
ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20170111/0745Z

Previous news
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
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]

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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