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Colima volcano, Mexico: aerial images 28 Feb 2015

A second overflight over Colima volcano was undertaken on the morning of 28 Feb 2015. Luckily, by the time we arrived at the volcano, circling the crater at 14,000 ft (4200 m altitude i.e. approx. 250 m higher than the crater), a phase of frequent small to moderate eruptions began that could be observed from close range from the windows of a small Cessna airplane.
View over the plain south of Colima, deeply cut by canyons, towards the SE. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View over the plain south of Colima, deeply cut by canyons, towards the SE. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Eruption from Colima during approach in flight. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Eruption from Colima during approach in flight. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Mountain ranges to the east. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Mountain ranges to the east. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Small strombolian eruption seen from SE. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Small strombolian eruption seen from SE. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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colima_j10711.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
colima_j10711.jpg (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View into the ash plume drifting east. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View into the ash plume drifting east. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Our pilot didn't worry about his Cessna flying through the remains of the (now very diluted) ash plume... sulfur dioxide could be smelled while passing the plume. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Our pilot didn't worry about his Cessna flying through the remains of the (now very diluted) ash plu... [info]
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View down into the crater of Colima. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View down into the crater of Colima. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View onto Colima from the north. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View onto Colima from the north. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View across Colima volcano to extinct Nevado de Colima behing. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View across Colima volcano to extinct Nevado de Colima behing. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View into the crater from the west. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View into the crater from the west. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View of the whole of Colima volcano from the NE. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of the whole of Colima volcano from the NE. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The ash jets quickly merge into one small-moderate sized plume. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The ash jets quickly merge into one small-moderate sized plume. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Another small eruption occurs seen from the NE. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Another small eruption occurs seen from the NE. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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More ash emissions while we are on our last circle around the volcano, at 14,000 ft altitude. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
More ash emissions while we are on our last circle around the volcano, at 14,000 ft altitude. (Photo... [info]
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Moderately sized eruption seen from the air. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Moderately sized eruption seen from the air. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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