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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 VA EMS

Tuesday Feb 14, 2017 05:45 AM |

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

FVXX21 at 05:42 UTC, 14/02/17 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20170214/0539Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: COLIMA
341040
PSN: N1930 W10337

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 12631 FT [3850
M]

ADVISORY NR: 2017/151

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. VOLCANO WEB
CAMERA.
SOCIAL MEDIA

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EMS

OBS VA DTG:
14/0515Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL170 N2150 W10313 - N2022 W10136
- N1920
W10326 - N1941 W10345 - N2150 W10313 MOV
NE 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR:
14/1130Z SFC/FL170 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 14/1730Z NO ASH
EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 14/2330Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: T+0 CONFIDENCE HIGH. VA
EMS SEEN EARLIER
IN WEB CAM AND SOCIAL MEDIA RPTS IS SUPPORTED
BY
RECENT STLT IMAGERY. VA EMS MOV NE 10 KT. ...LEE

NXT ADVISORY: WILL
BE ISSUED BY 20170214/1145Z

Previous news
Weak ash emission from Colima this morning
Sunday, Feb 12, 2017
The volcano has remained very calm, with only a few and small ash emissions occurring at intervals of many hours. Since the violent explosion on 3 Feb afternoon, no more vulcanian eruptions have occurred. ... [more]
Saturday, Feb 11, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Monday, Feb 06, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Sunday, Feb 05, 2017
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ... [more]
Powerful explosion of Colima Friday afternoon 17:05 local time
Sunday, Feb 05, 2017
A large vulcanian explosion happened on Friday afternoon (around 17:30 local time), generating an ash column that rose approx 4 km and generated a pyroclastic flow on the eastern flank. ... [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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