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

Tuesday Jun 16, 2020 14:30 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:

FVXX22 at 14:23 UTC, 16/06/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200616/1417Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/616

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: ONGOING VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 16/1406Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1902 W09839 - N1858 W09836
- N1751 W09836 - N1812 W09953 - N1902 W09839 MOV
SW 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 16/2000Z SFC/FL200 N1902 W09840
- N1859 W09834 - N1758 W09855 - N1809 W09938 -
N1902 W09840

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 17/0200Z SFC/FL200 N1905
W09839 - N1858 W09836 - N1800 W09931 - N1822
W09953 - N1905 W09839

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 17/0800Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: INTERMITTENT VA EMS NOTED IN WEB CAM AND
CLEARLY SEEN IN VIS STLT IMAGERY. VA MOV TO S AND
SW OF SUMMIT TO ABOUT 50 NM DOWNWIND. ...LEE

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200616/2015Z

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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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