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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: NEW VA EMS. to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Sunday Jun 14, 2020 13:45 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:

FVXX22 at 13:31 UTC, 14/06/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200614/1325Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/605

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 14/1316Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1901 W09838 - N1858 W09835
- N1841 W09829 - N1840 W09845 - N1901 W09838 MOV
S 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 14/1930Z SFC/FL200 N1902 W09837
- N1859 W09834 - N1841 W09840 - N1843 W09850 -
N1902 W09837

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 15/0130Z SFC/FL200 N1902
W09837 - N1900 W09835 - N1840 W09844 - N1841
W09854 - N1902 W09837

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 15/0730Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: A FEW NEW SMALL PUFFS NOTED IN IR STLT AND
WEB CAM IMAGERY. VA MOV TO S OF SUMMIT. ...LEE

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200614/1930Z

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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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