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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 SAT. to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Friday Jun 26, 2020 14:00 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:

FVXX23 at 13:54 UTC, 26/06/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200626/1353Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/645

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA EM OBS IN SAT.

OBS VA DTG: 26/1346Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1916 W09842 - N1902 W09838
- N1901 W09838 - N1911 W09848 - N1916 W09842 MOV
NW 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 26/2000Z SFC/FL190 N1920 W09844
- N1903 W09837 - N1901 W09838 - N1911 W09853 -
N1920 W09844

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 27/0200Z SFC/FL190 N1917
W09847 - N1902 W09837 - N1901 W09837 - N1908
W09856 - N1917 W09847

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 27/0800Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA OBS IN SAT IMAGERY MOV NNW TO 13NM FM
SUMMIT. WEBCAM IMAGERY SHOWS VA REMAINING NEAR OR
BELOW SUMMIT LEVEL. NWP MDLS INDICATE FL MVMT
TURNING TO NW BY T+12. ...CLARK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200626/2000Z

Previous news
Ash column visible from La Noria city (image: webcamsdemexico.com)
Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020
CENAPRED reported that 2 explosions occurred at 14:33 and 14:42 local time yesterday. An ash plumes rose 4,593 ft and 4,921 ft (1,400 m and 1,500 m) above the summit and drifted southwest. ... [more]

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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