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Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°W
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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: OCNL VA EMS OBS IN SUMMIT WEB CAM to 19000 ft (5800 m)
Mon, 11 May 2020, 13:30
13:30 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:
FVXX22 at 13:23 UTC, 11/05/20 from KNES
VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837
SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]
ADVISORY NR: 2020/495
INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ERUPTION DETAILS: OCNL VA EMS OBS IN SUMMIT WEB
OBS VA DTG: 11/1301Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1903 W09836 - N1857 W09826
- N1849 W09835 - N1859 W09839 - N1903 W09836 MOV
FCST VA CLD +6HR: 11/1900Z SFC/FL190 N1907 W09821
- N1853 W09821 - N1859 W09838 - N1905 W09838 -
FCST VA CLD +12HR: 12/0100Z NO ASH EXP
FCST VA CLD +18HR: 12/0700Z NO ASH EXP
RMK: OCNL VA EMS OBS IN SUMMIT WEB CAM AND STLT.
VA HGT/DIR FM STLT AND NWP MDLS SHOWS SE-LY TO
E-LY MOVMT TREND THRU T+6. ...SAMBUCCI
NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200511/1915Z
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.
Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution - Popocatepetl information
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