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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: VA EMS HAVE DISP

Saturday May 02, 2020 00:15 AM | BY: VN

Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report:

FVXX20 at 00:13 UTC, 02/05/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200502/0010Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/472

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM.

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EMS HAVE DISP

OBS VA DTG: 01/2356Z

OBS VA CLD: NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 02/0600Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 02/1200Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 02/1800Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: EARLIER VA EMS OBS IN STLT AND SUMMIT WEB
CAM HAVE DISP. NO NEW VA OBS AND NO NEW VA RPRTS
RECEIVED. STEAM/GAS EMS OBS IN SUMMIT WEB CAM
VA EVENT ENDED. ...SAMBUCCI

NXT ADVISORY: NO FURTHER ADVISORIES

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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