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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

Popocatépetl Volcano: sporadic emissions of volcanic ash

Monday Mar 16, 2020 22:45 PM | BY: VN

Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 16 Mar 2020
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 16 Mar 2020
Mild explosive activity continues from the volcano. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington reported intermittent emissions of volcanic ash plumes.
The full report is as follows: INTMT VA EMS..

FVXX20 at 22:30 UTC, 16/03/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200316/2228Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/293

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: INTMT VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 16/2211Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1915 W09825 - N1909 W09819
- N1859 W09837 - N1901 W09837 - N1915 W09825 MOV
NE 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 17/0400Z SFC/FL220 N1914 W09821
- N1907 W09817 - N1859 W09837 - N1901 W09837 -
N1914 W09821

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 17/1000Z SFC/FL220 N1904
W09815 - N1856 W09816 - N1859 W09837 - N1901
W09837 - N1904 W09815

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 17/1600Z SFC/FL220 N1901
W09837 - N1856 W09819 - N1849 W09823 - N1859
W09837 - N1901 W09837

RMK: VA OBSD IN G16 STLT IMAGERY MOVG NW THRU
2146Z IMAGE BFR MOVG BLW WX CLD CVR. WX CLD CVR
NOW OBSC SUMMIT IN BOTH STLT AND WEBCAM. NWP MDLS
FCST WIND SHFT TO MOV VA TO ESE BY T+12. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200317/0430Z

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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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