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Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°W
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Ausbrüche des Popocatépetl:
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
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.
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Popocatépetl volcano (Central Mexico) activity update
Samstag Mai 25, 2013 16:14 | VON: T
SO2 plume from Popocatépetl (NOAA)
Current seismic recording from Popocatépetl
Activity has not changed much, but perhaps decreased a bit today. During the last 24 h, CENAPRED recorded 3 explosions of moderate intensity, yesterday at 15:40 h, this early morning at 06:46 h and at 10:00 h (local time). All of them were accompanied by a column of gas and ash of 1.5, 1 and 2 km height, respectively.
Several episodes of tremor were registered as well: 3 h of harmonic tremor of low amplitude, 5 h 40 min of spasmodic tremor of low amplitude and 2 h 30 min of spasmodic tremor or medium amplitude. This seismic signal was accompanied by a constant emission of steam, gas and small amounts of ash, that reached between 500 to 900 m and travelled to the southwest, and by moderate to strong incandescence over the crater rim. Some incandescent fragments could be sporadically be observed falling on the highest parts of the north and northeast flanks.
34 exhalations of low to moderate intensity were registered as well, which were accompanied by steam, gas and small amounts of ash. Additionally, one volcanotectonic earthquake of magnitude 2.1 was detected, yesterday at 19:34 h (local time).
Yesterday evening and during the night cloud cover prevented observations, but this morning, a white thick steam and gas plume could be observed rising 800 m high and travelling to southwest mainly. (CENAPRED)
Freitag, Mai 24, 2013
Activity, both internal and external, remains elevated. A constant steam plume can be seen rising on webcams and a steam-gas-ash plume rises up to about 1.5 km above the volcano. The seismic signal shows frequent earthquakes and emission events. ...
Donnerstag, Mai 23, 2013
Activity has been showing an increase today. Yesterday, CENPRED reported near-continuous emissions of steam and gas and sometimes ash. Some larger explosions occurred at 12:13 h and at 12:34 h local time yesterday. Both produced an eruption column about 1.3 km high and drifting west. Bright glow and strong steaming are currently visible from the webcam images. ...
Dienstag, Mai 21, 2013
Activity has been a bit calmer over the past 2 days, but the number of emissions and small explosions (about 3 per hour) remains elevated. Explosions ejected incandescent fragments to heights of 500 m above the crater. Strong glow is visible at the volcano's summit at night. Intermittent phases of volcanic tremor and volcanic earthquakes of magnitude up to 2.1 have been registered. The volcanic alert level remains at YELLOW Phase 3.
Sonntag, Mai 19, 2013
Activity remains elevated, but the number and size of explosions have decreased during the past 2 days. CENAPRED made an overflight and found that the series of recent explosions since 14 May, in particular the two that occurred on the night of the 16th to 17th, have excavated a crater of approx. 200 m diameter and 40 m depth in the lava dome. The rest of the dome's surface is covered by fragments from the explosions.
Freitag, Mai 17, 2013
Activity remains intense. Last night at 22:14 and this morning at 00:29 h local time, two strong explosions occurred and ejected incandescent fragments on all the volcano´s flanks to distances of up to 1,500 m from the crater. The explosions triggered an eruption plume rising at least 3 km above the volcano, drifting northeast.
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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