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Dome growth continues at Colima 23 January 2010

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Low-level eruptive activity at Colima, the most active volcano in Mexico, has been causing concern recently. On 26 November 2009 an overflight reported that the lava dome, which began its current phase of growth in February 2007, filled 80% of the summit crater. According to reports of the most recent overflight, which took place on 20 January 2010, the dome now fills 85% of the crater and has reached 65 metres in height. The local civil protection authority, the Unidad Estatal de Protección Civil y Bomberos (UEPCB), reports that there is a risk of dome collapses taking place, particularly in the south-western area of the summit where instability is greatest, but that the current activity of the volcano ‘is not a risk to the surrounding population’. A 7.5-km-radius exclusion zone remains in force around the volcano.

News
Sigue creciendo domo del Volcán de ColimaMilenio, 21 January 2010
Prevén derrumbes por crecimiento de domo del Volcán de ColimaEl Informador, 21 January 2010
Prevén erupciones de baja intensidad del Volcán de Colima en México – EFE, 21 January 2010
Mantienen alerta por crecimiento de domo en el Volcán ColimaEl Informador, 22 January 2010

Information
Global Volcanism Program: Colima – information from the GVP for Colima (1401-04=)
Gobierno del Estado de Colima: Informes de Actividad Volcánica – Colima bulletins from the Colima State Government
Observatorio vulcanológico – the University of Colima volcanological observatory, with some information for Colima volcano
Colima webcam – not always operational, but nice pictures (weather allowing) when it’s working

The Volcanism Blog