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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: EM OF GASES AND STEAM WITH SOME LGT VA PSBL

Tuesday Jun 09, 2020 15:45 PM | BY: VN

Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington (VAAC) issued the following report:

FVXX24 at 15:36 UTC, 09/06/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200609/1535Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/599

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM.

ERUPTION DETAILS: EM OF GASES AND STEAM WITH SOME
LGT VA PSBL

OBS VA DTG: 09/1526Z

OBS VA CLD: NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 09/2130Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 10/0330Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 10/0930Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: WEB CAM SHOWS LTL TO NO VA. PLUME OF GASES
EXISTS AT SUMMIT HGT AND EXT 5 NM SW OF SUMMIT.
AREA WILL BE CLOSELY MONITORED FOR INC IN VA EM.
...TURK

NXT ADVISORY: NO FURTHER ADVISORIES

Previous news
Monday, Jun 08, 2020
On 5 June CENAPRED recorded two moderate explosions at 23:00 and 23:02 local time. Plumes of ash rose to an altitude of 24,000 ft (7,300 m). Volcanic ash is dispersed towards the south and southwest and causes ash fall on the volcano's slopes. ... 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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