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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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Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: CONS EM STEAM, GASES AND PSBL LGT VA to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Saturday Jun 27, 2020 07:00 AM | 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 06:52 UTC, 27/06/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200627/0650Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/650

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS EM STEAM, GASES AND PSBL
LGT VA

OBS VA DTG: 27/0641Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N2023 W09917 - N1900 W09832
- N1858 W09839 - N2018 W09932 - N2023 W09917 MOV
NW 20-25KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 27/1230Z SFC/FL190 N2116 W09932
- N1901 W09832 - N1857 W09839 - N2052 W10019 -
N2116 W09932

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 27/1830Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 28/0030Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: A PLUME OF UNCERTAIN COMPOSITION EXT 50 NM
NW OF THE SUMMIT. LTLCG EXP OVR NXT 6 HRS. ...TURK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200627/1245Z

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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