Colima's last large explosive eruption occurred on January 20, 1913 and
lasted for only four days. This eruption was characterized by its ash
flows and the formation of a summit crater measuring 300 meters in depth.
Close-up of 1991 dome.
The mountain remained dormant for forty-four years before it once again
became active. In 1961 Colima had an eruption that sent a small lava flow
down its northern slope.
Eastern slope of Fuego.
Then again in 1975 a much larger lava flow occurred to the north and
1994 summit crater.
Colima's activity in the 80's was characterized by small sporadic flows
of lava and frequent avalanches from its summit.
Close-up of 1994 explosion crater.
Most recently in 1987 and then again in 1994 Colima reverted back to its
more violent nature of erupting explosively.
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Space Shuttle Image.
For a SIR-C/X-SAR image, click hereSIR-C/X-SAR
Images of Colima from JPL.
Sources of Information and photos:
Burton, Andrew; OCEAN Organizacin
para la Conservacin, Estudio y Anlisis de la Naturaleza, A.C. homepage.
Colima Volcano Observatory, Universidad de Colima, Mexico
Sheridan, M. F., Jose Luis Macias, 1996, Field Guide to Colima Volcano.