Volcano de Colima: Plume of ash

It was my immense happiness to see the marvellous natural beauty. Really I haven't expected that I could view this phenomenon. Firstly at school level from geography book I get to know about the 'volcano', there was no internet that time so was not able to acquire more knowledge about volcano and lava. I had seen lots of movies on volcanic activities and based on that created some imaginations.

When I moved to Guadalajara on Jan'2017 and during my exploration of city and surrounding places I have noticed the explosion of Volcán de Colima aka Volcán de Fuego from the social media and local news paper. So, I decided to experience that. 

Guadalajara is the capital of Mexican state Jalisco. I will state more about Guadalajara in Foot Prints tab.

Though I have seen only the emerging plumes of the volcanic hill from its base @Colima. In 2018 a webcam was installed close to the volcano and volcanic activity can be seen in real time. In recent years there have been frequent temporary evacuations of nearby villagers due to threatening volcanic activity.

This photo has been taken on Jan 22-23, 2017 whereas the Colima volcano experienced another strong explosion at 00:27 CST on January 18, 2017. The eruption spewed volcanic ash up to 4 km above the crater. 

The Volcán de Colima is a part of the Colima Volcanic Complex (CVC) which are the active volcanos in Mexico and in North America. It is of 3,820 m in height and it has erupted more than 40 times since 1576.  The age of this rock is 5 million years and the mountain is of Stratovolcano type.

One of the largest eruptions was on January 20–24, 1913. It is situated about 125 km south off to Guadalajara, Jalisco and the majority of its surface area lies over the border in the neighbouring state of Jalisco, toward the western end of the Trans-Mexican Vocanic Belt. It consists of two southward-younging volcanoes, Nevado de Colima, which is 4320 m of height on the north and the historically active Volcán de Colima at the south of 3850-m-high

A group of cinder cones of probable late-Pleistocene age is located on the floor of the Colima graben west and east of the Colima complex

Eruptions have occurred in 1991, 1998 -1999 and from 2001 to the present day, with activity being characterised by extrusion of viscous lava forming a lava dome, forming pyroclastic flows and dusting the areas surrounding the volcano with ash and tephra.
The largest eruption for several years occurred on May 24, 2005. 

The return way of Volcán de Colima. Avalanches of ash and gas from the summit were followed soon after by lava flows and more ash and steam from the caldera.

It will take take 4 hours to complete the trip from Colima bus stop and charge will be around 300 MXN (Peso: Mexican Currency).


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