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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: NEW VA EMS OBS to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Friday May 01, 2020 15:15 PM | 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 and is moving at 10 kts in E direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX20 at 15:03 UTC, 01/05/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200501/1501Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/470

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EMS OBS

OBS VA DTG: 01/1430Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1913 W09823 - N1903 W09817
- N1902 W09837 - N1913 W09823 MOV E 10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 01/2030Z SFC/FL210 N1919 W09809
- N1905 W09804 - N1902 W09837 - N1919 W09809

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 02/0230Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 02/0830Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: NEW VA EMS OBS MOV E FM SUMMIT. VA FCST TO
CONT E MOV THRU T+6HRS BEFORE DISP. ...FISHER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200501/2100Z

Previous news
An ash plume from Popocatépetl volcano today (image: Webcams de Mexico)
Friday, May 01, 2020
CENAPRED recorded an explosion that generated a dense dark ash plume, which reached approx. 20,000 ft (6,100 m) altitude. Volcanic ash is dispersed towards the southeast and causes ash fall onto the volcano's slopes. ... [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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