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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 OBS IN STLT. to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Wednesday Jun 03, 2020 19:30 PM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 19:26 UTC, 03/06/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200603/1924Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/578

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM OBS IN STLT.

OBS VA DTG: 03/1906Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1901 W09837 - N1901 W09836
- N1840 W09849 - N1850 W09904 - N1901 W09837 MOV
SW 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 04/0100Z SFC/FL200 N1902 W09837
- N1901 W09837 - N1832 W09833 - N1836 W09856 -
N1902 W09837

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 04/0700Z SFC/FL200 N1902
W09838 - N1901 W09837 - N1834 W09826 - N1834
W09848 - N1902 W09838

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 04/1300Z SFC/FL200 N1901
W09837 - N1901 W09836 - N1833 W09833 - N1836
W09857 - N1901 W09837

RMK: VA EMS OBS IN STLT AND WEBCAM MIXED WITH
SCTRD WX CLD. FL AND FCST MVMT BASED ON NWP MODEL
GDNC. ...LEVINE

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200604/0130Z

Previous news
Wednesday, Jun 03, 2020
The activity at the volcano remains high. CENAPRED recorded 244 emissions of gas and steam plumes with minor ash content. The seismic station records 117 minutes of tremor and 1 volcano-tectonic earthquake with magnitude M 1.5 yesterday. ... read all

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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