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Popocatépetl vulkaan
Stratovulkaan 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°W
Current status: losbarstend (4 out of 5)
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Popocatépetl vulkaanuitbarstingen:
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:
Dominant explosieve, bouw van lavakoepels. Pliniaanse uitbarstingen met tussenpozen van enkele eeuwen of enkele duizenden jaren vulkanische en Stromboli activiteit in intermitterende fasen.
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Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Popocatépetl volcano (Central Mexico) activity update

Thursday Nov 06, 2014 14:18 PM | DOOR: T

Explosion at Popocatépetl ejecting incandescent material on the upper flanks on the evening of 4 Nov
Explosion at Popocatépetl ejecting incandescent material on the upper flanks on the evening of 4 Nov
Seismic signal corresponding to the train of explosions at Popo during the night 4-5 Nov evening
Seismic signal corresponding to the train of explosions at Popo during the night 4-5 Nov evening
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.
CENAPRED commented on the elevated phase of activity that occurred during 4-5 November. A series of approx. 200 small explosions started on 20h local time on 4 Nov, producing a continuous plume of steam, gases and small amounts of ash of about 1 km in height, and the discontinuous emission of incandescent fragments onto the northern and eastern outer slopes to distances of 800 m from the crater rim.
This phase was visible on seismic recordings. It is likely to correspond to a phase of more intense lava dome growth. It is not thought to be a precursor of stronger activity in the near future and the alert status remains unchanged at "Yellow Phase 2".
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Webcam shot of glowing bombs ejected from Popocatépetl volcano this morning
Wednesday, Nov 05, 2014
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. ... [meer...]
Ash explosion from Popoatépetl yesterday afternoon
Thursday, Oct 30, 2014
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. ... [meer...]
The crater of Popocatépetl as observed on 14 Oct (CENAPRED)
Thursday, Oct 16, 2014
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. ... [meer...]
Small explosion from Popocatépetl yesterday (CENAPRED)
Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014
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. [meer...]
Stoom pluim van Popocatépetl gisteren
Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014
Activiteit blijft in wezen onveranderd en is relatief laag. De vulkaan straalt een pluim van gas-stoom allermeest naar de tijd en af en toe heeft kleine explosies die kleine hoeveelheden voor ash uitwerpen. [meer...]

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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