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Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°WCurrent status
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Popocatépetl webcams / live dataPopocatépetl volcano videosPopocatépetl volcano booksPopocatépetl 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-ongoingTypical 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 nearbyLatest satellite images
Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update
Sun, 21 Aug 2016, 13:12
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more
Sun, 14 Aug 2016, 19:24
Explosion at Popocatépetl this morning (CENAPRED webcam)
The volcano's activity has been essentially unchanged over the past week. On average, 2-4 explosions have been occurring daily - mostly small events with plumes less than 1 km tall - and about 50-100 pulses of steam emissions ("exhalations"). ...more
Mon, 1 Aug 2016, 12:05
Strombolian eruption from Popo during the night 31 July - 1 Aug 2016
A peak of activity occurred during 31 July - 1 Aug, generating frequent and strong strombolian explosions that sent many glowing bombs outside the crater and generated an ash plume that reached 6000 m altitude and drifted northwest, causing ash falls in downwind areas such as Ozumba town on the western slope of the volcanic massif. ...more
Mon, 25 Jul 2016, 16:06
Small ash emission from Popo this morning (CENAPRED webcam)
The activity at the volcano has remained essentially unchanged and been rather low during the past week. On average, CENAPRED recorded 100-200 low-energy emissions ("exhalations") and few, generally weak explosions with ash emissions, accompanied by intermittent phases of weak tremor. ...more
Tue, 12 Jul 2016, 09:56
Ash emissions from Popocatépetl Sunday morning (Webcams de Mexico webcam)
The activity at the volcano remains essentially unchanged and CENAPRED maintains alert level "Yellow Phase 2". As magma continues to slowly rise inside the conduit, it accumulates in the inner summit crater as a flat pancake-shaped dome and causes small to moderate intermittent explosions with more or less ash. ...more
Mon, 13 Jun 2016, 15:28
Mushroom cloud from Popocatépetl volcano yesterday (CENAPRED webcam)
A moderately strong vulcanian explosion occurred yesterday morning at 11:17 local time, producing a mushroom-shaped ash plume that rose approx. 3 km above the summit and dispersed in westerly directions. ...more
Wed, 20 Apr 2016, 16:05
Steam emission ("exhalation") from Popo yesterday
Following Monday's large explosive activity (2 hours of lava fountaining), the volcano returned to be relatively calm, producing only steam emissions and no significant explosions. ...more
Tue, 19 Apr 2016, 09:06
Paroxysm at Popocatépetl volcano yesterday morning
A large summit eruption (a paroxysm) occurred during yesterday night at the volcano. The eruption began around 02:15 local time on 18 April, when ash emissions and individual explosions in the summit crater increased, followed by a strong eruptive phase with continuous lava fountains that lasted over 2 hours. ...more
Thu, 14 Apr 2016, 20:10
Weak explosion of El Popo yesterday night
The activity of the volcano has been relatively low during the past days, after the series of stronger explosions in early April had destroyed the previous lava dome. CENAPRED reported 74 weak emissions and one explosion over the past 24 hours. ...more
Mon, 4 Apr 2016, 15:47
Eruption of Popocatépetl last evening
The volcano had a relatively strong explosion yesterday evening at 20:31 local time. It produced a 2 km ash column and ejected incandescent fragments that landed in to up to 3.5 km distance on the eastern and southeastern flanks, igniting some bush fires on the upper slopes of the volcano. ...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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