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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: SML DISCRETE VA EM. to 19000 ft (5800 m)

Tuesday Jun 30, 2020 15:15 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:

FVXX21 at 15:00 UTC, 30/06/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200630/1456Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/657

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: SML DISCRETE VA EM.

OBS VA DTG: 30/1446Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL190 N1905 W09850 - N1901 W09837
- N1901 W09837 - N1903 W09851 - N1905 W09850 MOV
W 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 30/2100Z SFC/FL190 N1904 W09858
- N1901 W09837 - N1901 W09837 - N1859 W09858 -
N1904 W09858

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 01/0300Z NO ASH EXP

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 01/0900Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: FAINT VA CLD OBSD ABT 12 NMI W-WNW OF
SUMMIT. FL ESTD FM 12Z MMMX RADIOSONDE. VA NOT
OBSD IN WEBCAM DUE TO WX CLD CVR. NWP MDLS FCST
ANY FURTHER VA EMS TO MOV DUE W BY T+6HRS.
...HOSLEY

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200630/2100Z

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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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