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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: SML VA EM AT 1139Z. to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Saturday May 23, 2020 12:30 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 12:22 UTC, 23/05/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200523/1220Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/538

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: SML VA EM AT 1139Z.

OBS VA DTG: 23/1206Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1901 W09837 - N1859 W09826
- N1854 W09828 - N1901 W09837 - N1901 W09837 MOV
SE 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 23/1800Z SFC/FL190 N1901 W09836
- N1852 W09821 - N1847 W09826 - N1900 W09837 -
N1901 W09836

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 24/0000Z SFC/FL190 N1901
W09837 - N1852 W09818 - N1844 W09825 - N1900
W09837 - N1901 W09837

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 24/0600Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA EM OBSD AT 1139Z IN WEBCAM. VA CLD NOTED
IN G16 STLT IMAGERY 10 NMI ESE OF SUMMIT. NWP
MDLS FCST LTLCG IN WINDS THRU T+12 HRS. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200523/1815Z

Previous news
Incandescent material thrown from crater from Popocatépetl volcano (image: CENAPRED)
Friday, May 22, 2020
The activity at the volcano remains high. An explosion occurred at 03:02 local time tonight, showering the summit cone with glowing lava bombs. An ash plume rose approx. 1,640 ft (500 m) above the summit and drifted south-southeast (VAAC Washington). ... [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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