Colima volcano (Mexico) July 2015 photos: evacuations and Monte Grande pyroclastic flow

Impressions from the evacuated area near San Antonio and La Yerbabuena (west side), affected only by ash fall, and the still hot deposit of the unusually large pyroclastic flow from 11 July, near Monte Grande on the southern slope. The images were taken only 3 days after it had been deposited. Miraculously, no human victims were claimed, but many livestock were lost. The deposit will pose a significant lahar hazard during heavy rainfalls to come.
Explosion at Colima, seen from La Yerbabuena in the evacuated zone west of the volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Explosion at Colima, seen from La Yerbabuena in the evacuated zone west of the volcano. (Photo: Tom ... [info]
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Limited daytime access is granted to farmers in the area to tend their animals. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Limited daytime access is granted to farmers in the area to tend their animals. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer... [info]
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Military patrols the evacuated areas to prevent looting. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Military patrols the evacuated areas to prevent looting. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Approx. 1 cm of ash has been deposited in the village square of La Yerbabuena. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Approx. 1 cm of ash has been deposited in the village square of La Yerbabuena. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Flower rising from the ash. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Flower rising from the ash. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Ash coating a rock. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ash coating a rock. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The fine ash covers everything inside the little cafe of the village. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The fine ash covers everything inside the little cafe of the village. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Corn - food for the chicken - has been left on the table of the tavern when people left. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Corn - food for the chicken - has been left on the table of the tavern when people left. (Photo: Tom... [info]
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View from San Antonio village. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View from San Antonio village. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Riverbed on the western side of Colima. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Riverbed on the western side of Colima. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Around noon on 11 July, a larger part of the lava dome collapsed into a pyroclastic flow that traveled more than 10 km through a ravine on the southern slope. Its still hot deposits form a vast delta of total devastation near the community of Montitlan on the southern flank of the volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Around noon on 11 July, a larger part of the lava dome collapsed into a pyroclastic flow that travel... [info]
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View towards the ravine through which the pyroclastic flow entered the widening, flatter area. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View towards the ravine through which the pyroclastic flow entered the widening, flatter area. (Phot... [info]
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Pyroclastic flow deposits have amazingly sharp margins. An intermediate zone (in the upper middle of the image), a few meters wide, is where the surge of hot gas surrounding the particle-rich flow burnt the gras. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Pyroclastic flow deposits have amazingly sharp margins. An intermediate zone (in the upper middle of... [info]
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The force of the pyroclastic flow knocked over trees and bushes. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The force of the pyroclastic flow knocked over trees and bushes. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Antonio, whose land was invaded by the flow, explains journalists that below the surface, the deposit is still hot enough to burn wood. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Antonio, whose land was invaded by the flow, explains journalists that below the surface, the deposi... [info]
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Antonio lost many cows. This one, probably disorientated, had walked onto the hot deposit and sank into it, burning to a cruel death. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Antonio lost many cows. This one, probably disorientated, had walked onto the hot deposit and sank i... [info]
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A little dog has nowhere to go (we took him with us). (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A little dog has nowhere to go (we took him with us). (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Wood and organic material buried in the hot deposit continues to slowly burn. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Wood and organic material buried in the hot deposit continues to slowly burn. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Boulders of meter size, once part of the lava dome on top of the volcano 10 km away, have been transported by the flow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Boulders of meter size, once part of the lava dome on top of the volcano 10 km away, have been trans... [info]
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View of the flow deposit. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of the flow deposit. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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