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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, 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]
Sun, 25 Sep 2016, 06:45
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Fri, 23 Sep 2016, 14:30
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Wed, 14 Sep 2016, 15:45
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Wed, 14 Sep 2016, 01:15
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 14 Sep 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Thu, 8 Sep 2016, 21:00
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 8 Sep 2016
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Sun, 28 Aug 2016, 17:00
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
Sun, 21 Aug 2016, 13:12
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report: ...more [read all]
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

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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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