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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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Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA EMS LIKELY to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Sunday Mar 15, 2020 23:30 PM | BY: VN

Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 15 Mar 2020
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 15 Mar 2020
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 21000 ft (6400 m) altitude or flight level 210 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 23:24 UTC, 15/03/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200315/2321Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/289

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EMS LIKELY

OBS VA DTG: 15/2306Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1937 W09811 - N1919 W09756
- N1902 W09834 - N1904 W09837 - N1937 W09811 MOV
NE 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 16/0500Z SFC/FL210 N1934 W09811
- N1920 W09755 - N1901 W09833 - N1904 W09837 -
N1934 W09811

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 16/1100Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 16/1700Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA EM NOT SEEN ON STLT IMAGERY DUE TO CLD
COVER. HOWEVER WEB CAM SHOWS EMS WHICH MAY
CONTAIN VA. ...KIM

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200316/0515Z

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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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