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Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
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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) 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.

Popocatépetl volcano tours:
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Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: ONGOING VA EMS. to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Sun, 19 Apr 2020, 03:30
03:30 AM | BY: VN
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 21000 ft (6400 m) altitude or flight level 210 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 03:15 UTC, 19/04/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200419/0313Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/423

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 19/0250Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1935 W09850 - N1935 W09811
- N1901 W09835 - N1901 W09840 - N1935 W09850 MOV
N 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 19/0900Z SFC/FL210 N1938 W09833
- N1933 W09808 - N1900 W09835 - N1902 W09837 -
N1938 W09833

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 19/1500Z SFC/FL210 N1939
W09832 - N1930 W09807 - N1859 W09834 - N1902
W09840 - N1939 W09832

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 19/2100Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: INTERMITTENT VA EMS CONT AS NOTED IN WEB CAM
AND IN IR STLT IMAGERY. VA MOV TO N AND NNE OF
SUMMIT. VA WILL MOV SLIGHTLY MORE NE WITH TIME.
...LEE

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200419/0915Z

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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