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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 EM AT 31/1628Z RPRTD BY MMEX. to 22000 ft (6700 m)

Sun, 31 May 2020, 17:15
17:15 PM | BY: VN
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 22000 ft (6700 m) altitude or flight level 220 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX22 at 17:11 UTC, 31/05/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200531/1705Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/567

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM AT 31/1628Z RPRTD BY MMEX.

OBS VA DTG: 31/1641Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL220 N1923 W09846 - N1919 W09817
- N1901 W09835 - N1901 W09839 - N1923 W09846 MOV
N 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 31/2230Z SFC/FL220 N1944 W09854
- N1943 W09809 - N1900 W09834 - N1901 W09838 -
N1944 W09854

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 01/0430Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 01/1030Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA FIRST RPRTD BY MMEX IN SIGMET RECEIVED
AND CONFIRMED IN WEB CAM. VA VERY DIFFICULT TO
SEE IN SAT IMAGERY DUE TO WX CLDS. VA IS MOVING
N-LY AS SEEN IN G16 RGB. A CONT N-LY MOV THRU
T+6 HRS BASED ON MODEL GUIDANCE. ...KIBLER

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200531/2300Z

Previous news

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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