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Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
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Popocatépetl Vulkan
Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°W
Aktueller Status: Ausbruch (4 von 5)
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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
Typische Aktivität:
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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Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Popocatépetl volcano (Mexico): increasing activity, aerial images of crater

Donnerstag Jun 27, 2013 16:15 | VON: T

Aerial view of the crater of Popocatepetl on 25 June (CENAPRED)
Aerial view of the crater of Popocatepetl on 25 June (CENAPRED)
Explosion during yesterday morning
Explosion during yesterday morning
Current seismic recording from Popocatépetl
Current seismic recording from Popocatépetl
SO2 plume from Popocatépetl yesterday (NOAA)
SO2 plume from Popocatépetl yesterday (NOAA)
Seismic activity has picked up, suggesting that the volcano could be headed for more vigorous activity soon. SO2 emissions on NOAA recent satellite data have been relatively high as well.
A magnitude 3.6 volcanic quake occurred on Tuesday night 23:57 local time and was located SE of the crater at 2 km depth. Over 3 hours of low frequency and short amplitude tremor were recorded. An earthquake swarms occurred yesterday as well and another one seems to have started an hour ago.
The rate of small to moderate steam and ash explosions was reported to about 2 per hour during yesterday, with ash plumes reaching up to 1-2 km height above the crater. Ashfall has been reported at Tepetlixpa and Ecatzingo.
On 25 June, with the support of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Navy of México, a reconnaissance flight over Popocatepetl´s crater was carried out. It could be observed that the inner crater has grown to 250 m in diameter and 60 m depth, as a result of the explosions of recent days. No other changes could be seen. (CENAPRED)
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Emission of ash and steam from Popocatépetl yesterday morning
Dienstag, Jun 25, 2013
The volcano has remained at moderate levels with frequent but mostly smaller gas-steam-ash emissions at a rate of approx. 3 per hour. Plumes reached about 1 km above the crater. ... [mehr]
Donnerstag, Jun 20, 2013
Activity has decreased to about 2 weak emissions of steam and gas, sometimes some ash per hour. [mehr]
Eruption from Popocatepétl this morning
Mittwoch, Jun 19, 2013
A few hours ago, another moderately strong explosions occurred at 14:48 h local time, which threw incandescent fragments at distances of 100 m from the crater and generated an ash column reaching nearly 2 km in height, which was dispersed towards the northwest. The alert level remains unchanged at Yellow Phase 2. ... [mehr]
Current seismic recording from Popocatépetl showing the explosion yesterday
Dienstag, Jun 18, 2013
A powerful explosion occurred yesterday at 13:23 local time, producing an eruption column rising about 4 km. This is so far one (if not the) largest single eruption in the present cycle of activity. ... [mehr]
Eruption from Popocatepétl yesterday morning
Montag, Jun 17, 2013
Activity has been elevated. During 15-16 June, CENAPRED recorded 3-4 emissions per hous, including a few stronger explosions. One yesterday morning threw incandescent fragments on the north side at a distance no greater than 500 m. [mehr]

Background:

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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