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Colima, Mexico

Colima, Mexico

Local name: Colima, Fuego de Colima
Largest recorded eruption:
Last eruption:
Began November 2013 (continuing)

The Colima volcanic complex consists of three andesitic stratovolcanoes which young to the south-west; Fuego de Colima is the currently active edifice and is one of the most active volcanoes in North America. Over the last 600,000 years, numerous slope failures have occurred from both Fuego and Nevado cones, depositing thick piles of debris-avalanche material around the complex. Fuego de Colima has produced at least 25 explosive eruptions since 1576, with Plinian or sub-Plinian events occurring approximately once every century.

Smithsonian webpage