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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: CONTG FQT VA EMS. to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Thursday Jun 18, 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 14:17 UTC, 18/06/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200618/1415Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/627

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONTG FQT VA EMS.

OB VA DTG: 188/140Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 N1904 W09839 - N1904 WW09838
- N1842 W09835 - N1843 W09847 - N1904 W09839 MOV
S 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 18/2000Z SFC/FL200 N1904 W09840
- N1903 W09837 - N1831 W09841 - N1838 W09857 -
N1904 W09840

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 19/0200Z SFC/FL200 N1904
W09840 - N1903 W09837 - N1831 W09835 - N1835
W09855 - N1904 W09840

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 19/0800Z SFC/FL200 N1904
W09840 - N1903 W09837 - N1830 W09837 - N1835
W09857 - N1904 W09840

RMK: VA EMS OBS IN SAT AND WEBACM IMAGERY EXT 16
NM S FM SUMMIT. FL WINDS EXP TO PERSIST THRU
T+18. ...CLARK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200618/2015Z

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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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