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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: NEW VA EMS MOV WNW to 24000 ft (7300 m)

Tuesday Jun 30, 2020 23:15 PM | BY: VN

Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 30 Jun 2020
Satellite image of Popocatépetl volcano on 30 Jun 2020
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 24000 ft (7300 m) altitude or flight level 240 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX21 at 23:04 UTC, 30/06/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200630/2303Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/659

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: NEW VA EMS MOV WNW

OBS VA DTG: 30/2246Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL240 N1911 W09857 - N1902 W09837
- N1859 W09837 - N1905 W09901 - N1911 W09857 MOV
NW 20-25KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 01/0500Z SFC/FL240 N1917 W09920
- N1902 W09836 - N1859 W09837 - N1902 W09920 -
N1917 W09920

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 01/1100Z SFC/FL240 N1917
W09920 - N1902 W09836 - N1859 W09837 - N1901
W09920 - N1917 W09920

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 01/1700Z NO ASH EXP

RMK: VA EXTD 20NM WNW FM THE SUMMIT. NWP MDL
INDICATES A WNW TO W MOV THRU +12HRS. ...ZHU

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200701/0500Z

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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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