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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: VERY LGT VA to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Tuesday Mar 24, 2020 02:45 AM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 19000 ft (5800 m) altitude or flight level 190 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 02:43 UTC, 24/03/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200324/0241Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/318

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. VOLCAT.

ERUPTION DETAILS: VERY LGT VA

OBS VA DTG: 24/0231Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1901 W09837 - N1859 W09836
- N1851 W09851 - N1858 W09852 - N1901 W09837 MOV
SW 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 24/0830Z SFC/FL190 N1859 W09847
- N1852 W09847 - N1839 W09917 - N1852 W09917 -
N1859 W09847

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 24/1430Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 24/2030Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: FRQ, VERY THIN VA EMS ARE OBS IN STLT MOVG
WSW AND SW FM SUMMIT AT APPROX 25 KTS. THE ASH
BECOMES BARELY DISCERNIBLE BEYOND 25NMI.
...RAMIREZ

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200324/0845Z

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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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