Volcano news: Colima Volcano (Mexico)
Colima volcano (Mexico): small steam and gas emissions and small explosions
Intermittent steam-and-gas emissions as well as small explosions continue from the volcano's summit crater, mainly from the NE side of the crater.
Fri, 21 Jun 2019, 16:0516:05 PM | BY: T
Sat, 8 Jun 2019, 10:23
The volcano's activity continues to gradually increase. During the last week of May, intermittent small explosions and steam-and-gas emissions were recorded, mainly from the NE side of the crater. ... read all
Fri, 26 Apr 2019, 12:05
After over a year of low activity the volcanic alert level at the Colima volcano has been raised from green (base activity) to yellow (low activity) in response to a recent increase in seismic activity. ... read all
Thu, 4 Oct 2018, 20:58
Fri, 10 Nov 2017, 05:12
The volcano has been calm (at least at the surface) during the past months. Only a weak gas and steam plume is rising from the summit crater left after the explosive eruptions in January this year. read all
Sat, 26 Aug 2017, 16:52
There are signs that the volcano might be entering a new eruptive phase. Along with an increase of volcanic earthquakes, a small explosion was observed yesterday night (at 00:50 local time on 25 Aug 2017). ... read all
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.
Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institute - Colima information