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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: ONGOING VA EMS. to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Saturday May 09, 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 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX22 at 14:58 UTC, 09/05/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200509/1455Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/492

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 09/1446Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1958 W09801 - N1943 W09744
- N1859 W09832 - N1905 W09837 - N1958 W09801 MOV
NE 20-25KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 09/2100Z SFC/FL210 N1944 W09755
- N1933 W09741 - N1857 W09835 - N1901 W09839 -
N1944 W09755

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 10/0300Z SFC/FL210 N1941
W09749 - N1921 W09735 - N1857 W09838 - N1904
W09838 - N1941 W09749

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 10/0900Z SFC/FL210 N1937
W09745 - N1909 W09735 - N1859 W09836 - N1902
W09837 - N1937 W09745

RMK: INTERMITTENT VA PUFFS NOTED IN STLT AND IN
WEB CAM IMAGERY. VA MOV QUICKLY TO THE NE AND
DISPERSING BY ABOUT 60 NM DOWNWIND. ...LEE

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200509/2100Z

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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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