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Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°W
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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
Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014
Glow at Popocatépetl volcano at night (CENAPRED)
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)
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
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
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
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
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
Thursday, May 01, 2014
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
Monday, Apr 28, 2014
Current image of Popocatépetl (CENAPRED)
Activity at the volcano remains low and essentially unchanged. The frequency of small steam-gas emissions was less than one per hour yesterday. Weak incandescence continues to be visible at the summit at night.
Friday, Apr 18, 2014
Small steam emission from Popo yesterday
No significant changes have occurred in the volcano's currently low activity. Small to moderate emissions of steam and minor amounts of ash were observed at rates of approx 1 per hour (CENAPRED counted 22 events during 16-17 April).
Sunday, Apr 13, 2014
Small explosion at Popocatépetl yesterday morning (CENAPRED)
A slight increase of activity (but no significant change) was reported by CENAPRED. During 11-12 April, the volcano had 120 exhalations of small to medium intensity, some of which have been followed by emissions of steam, gas and sometimes small amounts of ash. ...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.
Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution - Popocatepetl information
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