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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]
(1227 Éxitos)
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]
(2759 Éxitos)
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]
(1156 Éxitos)
Steaming from Colima's crater in the afternoon. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Steaming from Colima's crater in the afternoon. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(1107 Éxitos)
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]
(790 Éxitos)
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]
(780 Éxitos)
Eruption ash plume. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Eruption ash plume. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(708 Éxitos)
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]
(718 Éxitos)
Powerful explosion during 7 Jan morning. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Powerful explosion during 7 Jan morning. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(631 Éxitos)
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]
(549 Éxitos)
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]
(535 Éxitos)
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]
(591 Éxitos)
Lightning visible in the morning. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lightning visible in the morning. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(445 Éxitos)
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]
(482 Éxitos)
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]
(767 Éxitos)
Billowing ash plumes rising from the crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Billowing ash plumes rising from the crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(410 Éxitos)

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