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Volcano of Colima, Colima

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The Volcán de Colima, 3,820 m, also known as Volcán de Fuego, is part of the Colima Volcanic Complex consisting of Volcán de Colima, Nevado de Colima and the eroded El Cantaro . It is the youngest of the three and as of 2015 is one of the most active volcanos in Mexico and in North America. It has erupted more than 40 times since 1576. One of the largest eruptions was on January 20–24, 1913. Nevado de Colima, also known as Tzapotépetl, lies north of its more active neighbor and is the taller of the two at 4,271 meters . It is the 26th-most prominent peak in North America.Despite its name, only a fraction of the volcano's surface area is in the state of Colima; the majority of its surface area lies over the border in the neighboring state of Jalisco, toward the western end of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt. It is about 485km west of Mexico City and 125km south of Guadalajara, Jalisco.Since 1869–1878, a parasitic set of domes, collectively known as El Volcancito, has formed on the northeast flank of the main cone of the volcano.Geological historyIn the late Pleistocene era, a huge landslide occurred at the mountain, with approximately 25 km³ of debris travelling some 120 km, reaching the Pacific Ocean. An area of some 2,200 km² was covered in landslide deposits. The currently active cone is situated within a large caldera that was probably formed by a combination of landslides and large eruptions. The lava is andesite containing 56-61% SiO2. About 300,000 people live within 40 km (25 miles) of the volcano, which makes it the most dangerous volcano in Mexico. In light of its history of large eruptions and situation in a densely populated area, it was designated a Decade Volcano, singling it out for study. thumb
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  • It rumbles, spews lava and if you get too near you almost surely won't make it back alive, as any respectable volcano does. Photographs are good, pick your spot and wait for the action to begin, it ca...  more »
  • Nice hike, be aware you need a 4wd to get there (16k dirt road with big potholes).. I didn't have one.. and well.. not recommended.. the hike itself is great, easy to find. For first timers, a guide c...  more »
  • The first time we see that volcano it was from an ancient temple site, it has a huge effect on me. Than we get closer to that volcano, we could observe a tiny smoke, we see volcanic rocks and minerals...  more »