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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

Thursday Apr 02, 2020 07:30 AM | BY: VN

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 SEEN IN SAT..

FVXX20 at 07:26 UTC, 02/04/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200402/0725Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/359

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: INTMT VA EMS SEEN IN SAT.

OBS VA DTG: 02/0711Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1907 W09910 - N1904 W09837
- N1901 W09837 - N1857 W09909 - N1907 W09910 MOV
W 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 02/1300Z SFC/FL200 N1920 W09913
- N1905 W09837 - N1900 W09838 - N1908 W09917 -
N1920 W09913

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 02/1900Z SFC/FL200 N1925
W09913 - N1904 W09837 - N1859 W09837 - N1913
W09916 - N1925 W09913

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 03/0100Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: INTMT VA SEEN IN SAT IMAGERY MOV W AND 15 NM
FM SUMMIT. MODEL GUIDANCE SHOWS A MORE WNW-LY MOV
THRU T+12 HRS. MULT VOLCAT ALERTS RECEIVED.
...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200402/1330Z

Previous news
Popocatépetl volcano on 30 March (image: CENAPRED)
Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020
On 30 March CENAPRED recorded 373 minutes of tremor and 117 emissions of water vapor, gases and light ash content which is dispersed towards the northwestern direction. ... [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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