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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: OCNL VA EMS. to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Friday Jun 12, 2020 16:00 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 15:54 UTC, 12/06/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200612/1553Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/600

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: OCNL VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 12/1541Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1902 W09838 - N1901 W09837
- N1845 W09854 - N1852 W09858 - N1902 W09838 MOV
SW 15-20KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 12/2130Z SFC/FL190 N1901 W09838
- N1901 W09837 - N1841 W09842 - N1843 W09850 -
N1901 W09838

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 13/0330Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 13/0930Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: OCNL SMALL VA EMS OBS IN SAT AND WEBCAM
IMAGERY MOVG SW TO 16NM FM SUMMIT AND BEGINNING
TO DSIPT. NWP MDLS INDICATE FL MVMT TURNING TO
SSW BY T+6. ...CLARK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200612/2200Z

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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