Get our newsletter!
Check out our volcano tours on VolcanoAdventures.com!
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - app for iPhone & iPad

Guaranteed tours:
19-26 Sep 2020: Pearl of the Aegean - Santorini - Santorini Island (Greece)
10-18 Oct 2020: From Stromboli to Etna - Sicila and Eolian Islands (Italy)
14-27 Nov 2020: Desert, salt and volcanoes - Danakil desert (Ethiopia)
: spaces available / : guaranteed / : few spaces left / : booked out
Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
Popocatépetl volcano
Stratovolcano 5426 m / 17,802 ft
Central Mexico, 19.02°N / -98.62°W
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
Popocatépetl webcams / live data | Reports
Popocatépetl volcano videos
Popocatépetl volcano books | Tours
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.
Last earthquakes nearby
Popocatépetl volcano tours
Popocatépetl Volcano Special (tour to see the ongoing eruption of Mexico's most active volcano)

Latest satellite images

Sentinel hub | Landsat 8
 

Popocatepetl volcano news & eruption update

Popocatépetl Volcano Volcanic Ash Advisory: VA OBS IN SAT. to 24000 ft (7300 m)

Thursday Jul 23, 2020 03:45 AM | BY: VN
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 and is moving at 10-15 kts in W direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 03:30 UTC, 23/07/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200723/0328Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/701

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: VA OBS IN SAT.

OBS VA DTG: 23/0316Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL240 N1918 W10019 - N1905 W09838
- N1858 W09837 - N1841 W10023 - N1811 W10150 -
N1834 W10208 - N1918 W10019 MOV W 10-15KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 23/0930Z SFC/FL240 N1912 W10016
- N1905 W09838 - N1900 W09837 - N1751 W10231 -
N1836 W10246 - N1912 W10016

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 23/1530Z SFC/FL240 N1905
W09840 - N1859 W09837 - N1820 W09956 - N1733
W10234 - N1835 W10244 - N1850 W10006 - N1905
W09840

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 23/2130Z SFC/FL240 N1905
W09841 - N1900 W09836 - N1816 W09952 - N1722
W10226 - N1811 W10234 - N1841 W10007 - N1905
W09841

RMK: VA CLDS IN BROKEN PLUME OBS IN SAT UP TO 200
NM WSW FM SUMMIT. AREA OF SUMMIT AND PARTS OF VA
PLUME POSSIBLY OBSCD BY DENSE WX CLDS BUT ASSUMED
TO BE PRESENT. ...CLARK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200723/0930Z

Previous news

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.


---


Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution - Popocatepetl information


More on VolcanoDiscovery:

Why is there advertising on this site?
Copyrights: VolcanoDiscovery and other sources as noted.
Use of material: Most texts and images, in particular photographs, on this website are protected by copyright. Further reproduction and use of without authorization is usually not consented. If you are not sure or need licensing rights for photographs, for example for publications and commercial use, please contact us.