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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: OCNL VA EMS OBS IN STLT IMAGERY to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Thursday Apr 02, 2020 19:00 PM | 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 18:56 UTC, 02/04/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200402/1852Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/361

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: OCNL VA EMS OBS IN STLT IMAGERY

OBS VA DTG: 02/1830Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1910 W09844 - N1901 W09835
- N1858 W09837 - N1901 W09847 - N1910 W09844 MOV
NW 0KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 03/0030Z SFC/FL190 N1903 W09837
- N1900 W09834 - N1851 W09843 - N1903 W09851 -
N1903 W09837

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 03/0630Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 03/1230Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: OCNL VA EMS OBS IN STLT. WX CLDS OBS IN
SUMMIT WEB CAM. VA HGT FM MWO AND VA DIR FM NWP
AND STLT WHICH SHOWS NW-LY TO SW-LY MOVMT TREND
THRU T+6. ...SAMBUCCI

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200403/0045Z

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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