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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 Volcanic Ash Advisory: NEW VA EMS ARND 18/0425Z. to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Wednesday Mar 18, 2020 05:45 AM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 and is moving at 10-15 kts in SE direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 05:37 UTC, 18/03/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200318/0536Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/299

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. MEXICO CITY MWO. NWP
MODELS. VOLCAT.

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EMS ARND 18/0425Z.

OBS VA DTG: 18/0516Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1901 W09838 - N1900 W09837
- N1850 W09838 - N1854 W09846 - N1901 W09838 MOV
S 15-20KT SFC/FL220 N1902 W09834 - N1859 W09828 -
N1853 W09834 - N1856 W09838 - N1902 W09834 MOV SE
10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 18/1130Z SFC/FL200 N1901 W09838
- N1901 W09837 - N1832 W09843 - N1844 W09858 -
N1901 W09838 SFC/FL220 N1811 W09751 - N1806
W09748 - N1801 W09759 - N1807 W09802 - N1811
W09751

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 18/1730Z SFC/FL200 N1901
W09837 - N1900 W09835 - N1838 W09852 - N1849
W09902 - N1901 W09837 SFC/FL220 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 18/2330Z SFC/FL200 N1902
W09838 - N1901 W09837 - N1847 W09902 - N1901
W09904 - N1902 W09838

RMK: NEW EM WITH VA TO FL220 HDG SE AND DETACHED
FM VOLCANO. VA TO FL200 MOV S AND STILL ATTACHED.
HIGHER VA EXP TO DSIPT BY T+12 HRS OR SOONER AND
LOWER HGT VA VEERING TWD THE SW-W THRU T+18 HRS.
VA IS CURRENTLY 15 NM S AND 10 NM SE OF VOLCANO.
...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200318/1130Z

Previous news
Glow from Popocatépetl volcano (image: CENAPRED)
Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020
CENAPRED recorded two explosions, one minor at 18:02 local time yesterday and one moderate at 02:20 local time today which rose approx. 3,280 ft ft (1,000 m) above the crater and drifted NE. ... [more]

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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