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Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
Popocatépetl volcano
Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°W

Popocatépetl webcams / live data
Popocatépetl volcano videos
Popocatépetl volcano eruptions:
1345-47, 1354, 1363(?), 1488, 1504, 1509(?), 1512, 1518, 1519-23(?), 1528, 1530, 1539-40, 1542, 1548, 1571, 1580, 1590, 1592-94, 1642, 1663-65, 1666-67, 1697, 1720, 1802-04, 1827(?), 1834(?), 1852(?), 1919-22, 1923-24, 1925-27(?), 1933, 1942-43, 1947, 1994-95, 1996-2003, 2004-ongoing
Typical eruption style:
Dominantly explosive, construction of lava domes. Plinian eruptions at intervals of several centuries or few thousands of years, vulcanian and strombolian activity in intermittent phases.
Last earthquakes nearby
Thu, 18 Dec 16:08
Steam plume from Popocatépetl this evening (CENAPRED webcam)
The volcano's activity remains similar as during the past months. SO2 emissions are elevated. ...more
Tue, 16 Dec 14:22
Small explosion from Popocatépetl this morning
No significant changes in activity have occurred recently. The volcano has occasional small explosions producing steam and ash plumes, and lava continues to arrive and slowly fill the inner summit crater, resulting in glow visible at night.
Thu, 6 Nov 14:18
Explosion at Popocatépetl ejecting incandescent material on the upper flanks on the evening of 4 Nov
The volcano remains a little bit more agitated when compared to most of the past weeks. Strong glow at the summit indicates magma arriving in the inner crater to add to the new lava dome. Small occasional explosions and near-constant steam and gas emissions accompany this process. ...more [read all]
Wed, 5 Nov 05:24
Webcam shot of glowing bombs ejected from Popocatépetl volcano this morning
The volcano's activity remains essentially unchanged. A new lava dome is slowly growing in the inner summit crater and produces glow at night and occasional small explosions. ...more [read all]
Thu, 30 Oct 00:59
Ash explosion from Popoatépetl yesterday afternoon
Overall, the volcano's activity has remained unchanged. Occasional explosions produce ash plumes that rise 1-2 km above the volcano. Yesterday, the volcano was a bit more active and had 5 such eruptions. ...more
Thu, 16 Oct 15:33
The crater of Popocatépetl as observed on 14 Oct (CENAPRED)
Activity at the volcano has remained low, with small occasional steam, gas and sometimes ash emissions. Incandescence was observed over the crater during the night. ...more [read all]
Wed, 1 Oct 15:14
Small explosion from Popocatépetl yesterday (CENAPRED)
No significant changes have occurred during the past weeks. The volcano's activity has been characterized by constant degassing and occasional small explosions with ash plumes up to 1-2 km height. Crater glow is visible at night from the summit.
Wed, 27 Aug 16:20
Steam plume from Popocatépetl yesterday
Activity remains essentially unchanged and has been relatively low. The volcano emits a gas-steam plume most of the time and occasionally has small explosions that eject small amounts of ash.
Sun, 24 Aug 14:47
Small eruption at Popocatépetl volcano this morning
The volcano had a phase of stronger activity this morning, but overall this remains similar to the past months. A discrete explosion ejected an ash plume approx 1 km high and a phase of strong steaming, possibly with some ash emissions, occurred this morning. ...more [read all]
Mon, 4 Aug 16:21
Small ash puff at Popocatépetl yesterday (CENAPRED)
Activity at the volcano remains low with little variation. Occasional small explosions with ash emissions and near-constant degassing, as well as weak glow at the summit at night characterize the current status of the volcano. ...more

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Volcán Popocatépetl, whose name is the Aztec word for smoking mountain, towers to 5426 m 70 km SE of Mexico City to form North America's 2nd-highest volcano.  The glacier-clad stratovolcano contains a steep-walled, 250-450 m deep crater.  The generally symmetrical volcano is modified by the sharp-peaked Ventorrillo on the NW, a remnant of an earlier volcano. 
At least three previous major cones were destroyed by gravitational failure during the Pleistocene, producing massive debris-avalanche deposits covering broad areas south of the volcano.  The modern volcano was constructed to the south of the late-Pleistocene to Holocene El Fraile cone.  Three major plinian eruptions, the most recent of which took place about 800 AD, have occurred from Popocatépetl since the mid Holocene, accompanied by pyroclastic flows and voluminous lahars that swept basins below the volcano.  Frequent historical eruptions, first recorded in Aztec codices, have occurred since precolumbian time.


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Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution - Popocatepetl information


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