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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
Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014
Steam plume from Popocatépetl yesterday
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.
Sunday, Aug 24, 2014
Small eruption at Popocatépetl volcano this morning
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]
Monday, Aug 04, 2014
Small ash puff at Popocatépetl yesterday (CENAPRED)
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
Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014
Glow at Popocatépetl volcano at night (CENAPRED)
Glow at Popocatépetl volcano at night (CENAPRED)
Steam plume from Popo yesterday
Steam plume from Popo yesterday
No significant changes in the currently low activity at the volcano have occurred recently. ...more
Thursday, Jul 03, 2014
Glow at Popocatépetl volcano at night (CENAPRED)
Glow at Popocatépetl volcano at night (CENAPRED)
SO2 plume over Popocatépetl (NOAA)
SO2 plume over Popocatépetl (NOAA)
No significant changes in activity have occurred over the past weeks. Following a very quiet period, the volcano has become a bit more active in the past days with an increased number of steam and gas emissions. ...more
Thursday, Jun 19, 2014
Explosion from Popocatépetl yesterday
Explosion from Popocatépetl yesterday
A moderate explosion occurred yesterday morning at 11:10 local time and generated a 2.5 km high ash column drifting NW. Overall, the activity at the volcano has been low during the past weeks. The alert status remains at Yellow Phase 2 (CENAPRED).
Tuesday, Jun 03, 2014
Steam and light ash emissions from Popocatépetl yesterday
Steam and light ash emissions from Popocatépetl yesterday
The number of emissions of steam, gas and occasionally fine ash increased during 1-2 June. CENAPRED also recorded several episodes of weak harmonic tremor, consistent with continuing slow arrival of magma at the summit crater. ...more
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Small ash emission at Popocatépetl yesterday
Small ash emission at Popocatépetl yesterday
The number of steam-gas and sometimes ash emissions has increased a bit to approx 8 per hour. No other significant changes occurred at the volcano.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Small ash explosion at Popocatépetl yesterday
Small ash explosion at Popocatépetl yesterday
No significant changes have occurred in the volcano's activity during the past weeks. Magma continues to rise, at fluctuating rates, slowly into the summit crater, producing weak intermittent explosions and glow at night. ...more [read all]
Thursday, May 01, 2014
Small explosion from Popocatépetl yesterday
Small explosion from Popocatépetl yesterday
No significant changes in activity have occurred. CENAPRED reported 73 low-intensity exhalations during 29-30 April, some of which produced small puffs of ash. Glow at the crater remains visible at night. ...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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