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Satellite images of Popocatepetl volcano (c)Google Earth View
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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: CONTG VA EMS. to 23000 ft (7000 m)

Friday Jul 24, 2020 01:00 AM | 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 and is moving at 5-10 kts in SW direction.
The full report is as follows:

FVXX24 at 00:54 UTC, 24/07/20 from KNES
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20200724/0053Z

VAAC: WASHINGTON

VOLCANO: POPOCATEPETL 341090
PSN: N1901 W09837

AREA: MEXICO

SUMMIT ELEV: 17802 FT [5426 M]

ADVISORY NR: 2020/705

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

ERUPTION DETAILS: CONTG VA EMS.

OBS VA DTG: 24/0046Z

OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL230 N1904 W09838 - N1859 W09836
- N1832 W09937 - N1749 W09934 - N1737 W10026 -
N1840 W10122 - N1904 W09838 MOV SW 5-10KT

FCST VA CLD +6HR: 24/0700Z SFC/FL230 N1904 W09838
- N1858 W09835 - N1828 W10011 - N1733 W10034 -
N1726 W10132 - N1849 W10126 - N1904 W09838

FCST VA CLD +12HR: 24/1300Z SFC/FL230 N1904
W09838 - N1858 W09832 - N1733 W10045 - N1820
W10116 - N1904 W09838

FCST VA CLD +18HR: 24/1900Z SFC/FL230 N1903
W09838 - N1857 W09832 - N1728 W10050 - N1822
W10119 - N1903 W09838

RMK: REMNANT VA OBS IN SAT UP TO 150 NM W AND SW
OF SUMMIT. VA FM CONTG EMS OBS MOV WSW UP TO 40
NM FM SUMMIT. OBS FL BASED ON MMMX RAOB AND
CONTINUITY. FL WINDS EXP TO REMAIN LGT THRU T+18.
...CLARK

NXT ADVISORY: WILL BE ISSUED BY 20200724/0700Z

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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