Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-03689
This painting by Rugendas published in 1856 depicts the steaming crater of Colima volcano as it appeared in 1834, during the first scientific expedition to the summit of the volcano. The painting shows the broad, deep crater excavated at the summit by the major explosive eruption of February 15, 1818. This eruption produced pyroclastic flows and abundant ash emission. Ashfall was reported up to 440 km away in Querétaro, Mexico City, Zacateras, and San Luis Potosí. The snow-capped peak of Nevado de Colima appears in the background.
Painting by Juan Mauricio Rugendas (courtesy of Julian Flores, University of Guadalajara).