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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: VA EM OBS IN STLT. to 21000 ft (6400 m)

Wednesday Jun 17, 2020 11:00 AM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 21000 ft (6400 m) altitude or flight level 210 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX22 at 10:49 UTC, 17/06/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200617/1048Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/620

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM OBS IN STLT.

OBS VA DTG: 17/1031Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL210 N1843 W09832 - N1835 W09831
- N1834 W09846 - N1843 W09844 - N1843 W09832 MOV
S 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 17/1630Z SFC/FL210 N1902 W09838
- N1902 W09837 - N1822 W09826 - N1821 W09850 -
N1902 W09838

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 17/2230Z SFC/FL210 N1902
W09837 - N1902 W09836 - N1822 W09826 - N1822
W09850 - N1902 W09837

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 18/0430Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA EM OBS IN STLT MOV SSW OF SUMMIT. NWP
MODEL GDNC WINDS HIGHLY VARIABLE. INTMT ACTVTY
EXPCD THRU T+12HR. ...LEVINE

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200617/1645Z

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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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