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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: MDT TO LRG VA EM. to 24000 ft (7300 m)

Friday Jun 05, 2020 04:45 AM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 24000 ft (7300 m) altitude or flight level 240 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 04:29 UTC, 05/06/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200605/0428Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/584

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: MDT TO LRG VA EM.

OBS VA DTG: 05/0406Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL240 N1901 W09838 - N1859 W09835
- N1842 W09840 - N1847 W09849 - N1901 W09838 MOV
SW 20-25KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 05/1000Z SFC/FL210 N1901 W09838
- N1859 W09837 - N1835 W09841 - N1838 W09852 -
N1901 W09838 SFC/FL240 N1723 W09955 - N1713
W09931 - N1646 W09952 - N1656 W10016 - N1723
W09955

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 05/1600Z SFC/FL210 N1902
W09838 - N1859 W09834 - N1834 W09847 - N1840
W09856 - N1902 W09838 SFC/FL240 NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 05/2200Z SFC/FL210 N1902
W09837 - N1901 W09835 - N1830 W09847 - N1835
W09858 - N1902 W09837

RMK: VA EM OBSD AT 0401Z IN WEBCAM. VA OBSD
IMMEDIATELY IN STLT IMAGERY. VA MOVG SSW. VA LKLY
TO COMT MOVG SSW. FURTHER ACT LKLY BUT TO LWR
LVL. ...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200605/1030Z

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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