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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 19000 ft (5800 m)

Wednesday May 13, 2020 00:00 AM | 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 23:51 UTC, 12/05/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200512/2350Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/500

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS

OBS VA DTG: 12/2336Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1905 W09813 - N1858 W09812
- N1859 W09837 - N1901 W09837 - N1905 W09813 MOV
E 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 13/0530Z SFC/FL190 N1910 W09804
- N1854 W09759 - N1859 W09838 - N1902 W09838 -
N1910 W09804

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 13/1130Z SFC/FL190 N1911
W09801 - N1854 W09759 - N1858 W09838 - N1902
W09838 - N1911 W09801

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 13/1730Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA IS OBS MOV E UP TO 23NM FM THE SUMMIT.
NWP MDL INDICATES A CONT E MOV THRU +12HRS. ...ZHU

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200513/0545Z

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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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