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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: CONS VA EM OBS. to 23000 ft (7000 m)

Thursday Jul 23, 2020 13:45 PM | BY: VN

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 23000 ft (7000 m) altitude or flight level 230 .
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 13:36 UTC, 23/07/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200723/1334Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/703

INFO SOURCE: GOES-EAST. WEB CAM. NWP MODELS.
ASH3D.

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONS VA EM OBS.

OBS VA DTG: 23/1315Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL230 N1901 W09900 - N1901 W09838
- N1859 W09836 - N1832 W09909 - N1901 W09900 MOV
SW 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 23/1930Z SFC/FL230 N1903 W09922
- N1902 W09835 - N1859 W09835 - N1808 W09921 -
N1903 W09922

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 24/0130Z SFC/FL230 N1904
W09939 - N1902 W09837 - N1859 W09835 - N1753
W09934 - N1904 W09939

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 24/0730Z SFC/FL230 N1904
W10020 - N1902 W09835 - N1859 W09835 - N1747
W09940 - N1904 W10020

RMK: CONS VA EM OBS IN STLT AND WEBCAM MOV SW
APRX 35 NM PRIOR TO DSIPTG. FL AND FCST MVMT
BASED ON NWP MODEL GDNC AND ASH3D. ...LEVINE

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200723/1930Z

Previous news
Thursday, Jul 23, 2020
Powerful explosion from Popocatépetl volcano yesterday (image: CENAPRED)
A spectacular vulcanic explosion from the crater occurred at 09:58 local time yesterday. A dense ash plume reached approx. 24,000 ft (7,300 m) altitude. Volcanic ash is dispersed towards the west-southwest and causes ash fall on the volcano's slopes that is expected in Ecatzingo, San Juan Tepecoculco, San Andrés Tlalamac, San Pedro, Tetela del Volcán, Texcala, Jumiltepec, Ocuituco and Yecapixtla. ... read all

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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