Colima volcano (Mexico), Jan 2016: eruptions

During our Colima Volcano Special in January 2016, we spent several days and nights to observe the volcano's ongoing intermittent explosive activity.
Due to reasons not well understood, Colima's eruptions in the past few months have been unusually rich in eruption lightnings that develop in the ash plumes, even during smaller explosions, something that had not been observed during a phase of similarly intense explosive activity a year ago (photos).
Strombolian-type eruption on 3 Jan 2016. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Strombolian-type eruption on 3 Jan 2016. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A stronger vulcanian-type eruption an hour later with a spectacular lightning striking inside the ash plume. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A stronger vulcanian-type eruption an hour later with a spectacular lightning striking inside the as... [info]
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Lightning developing in the ash plume drifting away from the crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lightning developing in the ash plume drifting away from the crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Steaming from Colima's crater in the afternoon. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Steaming from Colima's crater in the afternoon. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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An ash plume drifts SE from the volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
An ash plume drifts SE from the volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Small lightnings in an eruption early on 6 January. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Small lightnings in an eruption early on 6 January. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A moderate eruption with curtains of ash fall on the volcano's SE side. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A moderate eruption with curtains of ash fall on the volcano's SE side. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Eruption ash plume. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Eruption ash plume. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Lava-rich eruption early on 7 January with stars and a satellite trace. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava-rich eruption early on 7 January with stars and a satellite trace. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The ash plume from the same eruption continues to produce lightnings. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The ash plume from the same eruption continues to produce lightnings. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Powerful explosion during 7 Jan morning. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Powerful explosion during 7 Jan morning. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Eruption in the evening twilight; the lava becomes barely visible. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Eruption in the evening twilight; the lava becomes barely visible. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A few seconds exposure time blurs the ash plume drifting away from the crater to the SE. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A few seconds exposure time blurs the ash plume drifting away from the crater to the SE. (Photo: Tom... [info]
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A bright lightning from the rising ash plume hits the upper flank of the volcano after a lava-rich explosion. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A bright lightning from the rising ash plume hits the upper flank of the volcano after a lava-rich e... [info]
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Second pulse of an eruption in the morning twilight. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Second pulse of an eruption in the morning twilight. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Lightning visible in the morning. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lightning visible in the morning. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Weak eruption in the early hours of 9 January; light fog forms a brighter layer in the atmosphere. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Weak eruption in the early hours of 9 January; light fog forms a brighter layer in the atmosphere. (... [info]
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Ash plume pushed over to the NW side by strong winds. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ash plume pushed over to the NW side by strong winds. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Billowing ash plumes rising from the crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Billowing ash plumes rising from the crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Colima in the last sunlight seen from our cabin. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Colima in the last sunlight seen from our cabin. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Ash-rich eruption with lightning. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ash-rich eruption with lightning. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Ash plume drifting away at night. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ash plume drifting away at night. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Lava-rich eruption sending many incandescent bombs onto the northwestern flank. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava-rich eruption sending many incandescent bombs onto the northwestern flank. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer... [info]
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Ash plume with eruption lightning. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ash plume with eruption lightning. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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