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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
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
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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.
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Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Thu, 1 Dec 2016, 23:45
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 1 Dec 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Wed, 30 Nov 2016, 21:00
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 30 Nov 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Wed, 30 Nov 2016, 06:00
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Tue, 29 Nov 2016, 13:30
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Sun, 27 Nov 2016, 00:44
Beginning of the eruption of Popocatépetl volcano on 25 Nov 2016
An unusually long and strong explosion occurred on 25 Nov 2016 starting from 10:47 local time. A continuous jet of steam, gas, and fragmented volcanic material which lasted about 20 minutes generated a billowing plume that rose approx. 5 km.
Sat, 26 Nov 2016, 16:15
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Fri, 25 Nov 2016, 16:15
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Fri, 28 Oct 2016, 17:00
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Thu, 29 Sep 2016, 15:00
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Tue, 27 Sep 2016, 13:45
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]

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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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